“It got us very pumped up,” Berthel said. “I was very confident, and the whole dugout was pumped up. We knew we could come back and win.”
Marquette won it in the sixth when Koos led off with her third hit of the game. A pair of sacrifices moved her to third base, then Lampe, a left-handed slap hitter, lofted a fly ball over pulled-in left fielder Grell for a double that gave the Mohawks their first lead of the day.
“I was pretty much just thinking, make contact,” Lampe said. “I knew if I got it over the outfielder’s head that would be ideal, but my thing is I see contact and wherever it goes, it goes. I just happened to place it perfectly that time.”
Marquette couldn’t exhale quite yet, though. Camanche threatened when Mussmann and Parker opened the seventh with singles. But Marquette escaped once when courtesy runner Baily Mensinger was thrown out trying to score on a grounder and again when a pitch got past Berthel but ricocheted hard off the wood portion of the backstop and bounced back to her, preventing a runner from trying to score from third.
“Thank God for that backstop,” Berthel said. “I saw the ball go past me and I was like, ‘Oh, shoot.’ It’s a good thing they have a wooden backstop. It just bounced right back to me, a lifesaver there.”
Now, it’s up to Camanche and Calamus-Wheatland to determine how the conference race ends.
“It makes me a little nervous (losing the way they did), but knowing that we didn’t get this last game and we didn’t get for sure the conference title, that we’re going to play 10 times harder to beat Cal-Wheat so that we do get to at least share the title,” Lefebure said.