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Lady Bruins finish with a bang in Tennessee

LAVERGNE, Tenn. — The St. Bede Lady Bruins softball team bounced back after a two-loss start in the Lady Warrior Southern Classic Saturday, winning their final game against the host LaVergne Wolverines 3-2.

The win came in dramatic fashion as the Bruins were down 2-0 going into the seventh and final inning. Nicole Yaklich got a one-out single and one out later Lydia Stariha followed with another hit. Barbi Prokup stepped to the plate, connecting with a two-run triple to tie the game. Lainie Schwieckert beat out an infield hit to score Prokup with the go-ahead run.

In the bottom of the seventh, Schwieckert took care of business and the Bruins left the tournament on a high note.

“Happy as could be, honestly. To have your kid get a hit, too, it makes you feel good,” SBA coach Bill Prokup said. “Lainie Schwieckert? That was all hustle. Lainie was tired. She battled back, and she hustles down to first base. What more can you ask from a kid who is going to play in college?”

“The extra base was all hustle. Between Barbi Prokup, and Lydia Stariha, they’re leaders and that’s what I expect from those three. We’ve done a great job so far this year. It’s nice to win two (games). We’re a little happier today. We could still use some hits, but we’re getting there. It was nice to be outside,” Prokup said.

Regular season play in Illinois has been largely stymied by bad weather this spring and practices have been limited.

Earlier in the day, the Lady Bruins defeated Tullahoma, Tenn. 4-3 and lost to Hendersonville, Tenn. 9-3, finishing 23rd out of 38 teams with a 2-3 record. They allowed 24 runs and managed to score 11.

Asked about any momentum carrying over, coach Prokup answered, “Positive buzz? Absolutely. The kids are going to stay and enjoy the night with their parents before Easter. We play Wednesday against Marquette if the weather holds. They’re going in there with some momentum.”

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