WISCONSIN DELLS — Autumn Congdon delivered Kat Brandl home on a two-out double.
Brandl was the only player to score as the Division 1 Black team earned a 1-0 victory over the Division 1 Red team at the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association 2019 All-Star Game at Woodside Sports Complex in Wisconsin Dells on Tuesday, June 18.
The Fort Atkinson seniors may have been 80 miles west on Interstate-90, but they were the closest to home they’ve been all year as Brandl played shortstop and Congdon played second base. Brandl served as the primary pitcher this season and Congdon has served as a super utility player all four years with the Blackhawks.
When given the chance to choose their own positions, they took middle infield together.
“It was casual that she got to go there too,” Congdon said. “They said pick your own spots and she casually walked right over there. The other side of that is that I never knew where Coach Bosch was going to put me. I played Utility. I told him to have fun with that. He took that to heart and I played five different positions. To play second was really nice, especially playing with Kat.”
Congdon remembers the willingness to pitch as a selfless move on Brandl’s part. Fort Atkinson coach Brian Bosch described it as a competitive edge emerging into the fold for Brandl.
At any rate, playing together won’t last much longer as Brandl is going to play at Madison College next fall and Congdon earned a scholarship to play for Georgetown next year.
“She’s a hoot to play with,” Brandl said. “I’m going to miss being in the circle with her at third base. You can always hear her; she always has such a positive attitude. If you throw a pitch that wasn’t as good as you wanted, you always hear her with something positive.
“It’s like that after at-bats too. She’s just always there to pick you up.”
Chance to play with new teammates
The all-star game selection is a two-day event highlighted by a banquet at Chula Vista on Monday night.
For Brandl, that meant hanging out with future roommates who she will play with at Madison College. One of those players is former Jefferson infielder Callie Schnitger, who played Division 2.
“Getting to know so many good players was a lot of fun,” Brandl said. “I got to hang out with my future roommates, which was great too. It’s really cool to have an instant bond with them because you know you’re all seniors and you’re all good softball players. So you know you have things to talk about and things in common.”
Sign of progress
Lake Mills had two players selected to play in the all-star game for Division 3 — Bri Jessie and Jessie Clift. Clift was unable to play due to concussions.
“It was great to have them both selected because it shows how far our program has come,” Lake Mills coach Jim Clift said.