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Softball Team Packs Plenty of Offensive Punch

Kelsey Brodbeck

Kelsey Brodbeck

Nearly halfway through the season schedule, it’s become readily apparent that St. Louis Community College’s softball team will rarely be out of any game.

The Archers’ robust offense simply won’t allow it.

The Archers entered today’s doubleheader at East Central at 9-9 overall, but are led by an offense that has produced a .319 team average.

Leading the way is freshman outfielder Kelsey Brodbeck, who is batting .518 (29 of 56), and also has a team-best 14 stolen bases. She ranks 29th nationally in batting average, and has been the most difficult Archers player to strike out, fanning only once in 60 plate appearances.

Brodbeck is part of a freshman class that has seen plenty of production through the first half of the season. Joining her is utility player Abbey Holtkamp, who is batting .319 with 12 RBI in 46 at-bats.

Holtkamp, who recently completed her basketball season as a power forward, has seen 11 of her 15 hits go for extra bases. Brodbeck and Holtkamp, as well as sophomores Sarah Strothkamp, Ashley Kendall and Emily Lavine, currently are batting above the .300 mark.

The additional offensive punch has provided steady run support for an Archers pitching staff that has seen a bit more depth than a year ago, when then-freshman Rebecca Vogt appeared in 27 of the Archers’ 42 games.

In the circle, the Archers are led by a three-starter rotation in Vogt and freshmen Tiffany Link and Courtney Norris. The trio has combined for a 7-4 record while starting 14 of the team’s 18 games, covering 87 total innings.

For that group, as well as first-year head coach Brad Wilson, the uptick in offensive output has been a welcome addition in 2015.

The Archers have a three-game homestand on the schedule – barring rainout makeup dates – beginning with a doubleheader against Three Rivers Community College on April 7. The first game begins at 2 p.m. All home games are played at the college’s Meramec campus.