Brindley guides Earlham to Class 2A crown

Waldorf College softball recruit Kaylie Brindley continued her dominance inside the pitcher’s circle, helping her team capture a state championship.

Brindley guided Earlham High School to a 6-4 win over Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont in the Class 2A state title game on Friday.

“Kaylie capped a solid high school softball career with an outstanding run in the postseason,” Waldorf coach Denny Gilbertson said.

Brindley was named the captain of the Class 2A All-Tournament Team. She put together a dominant performance, going 3-0 in the tournament and allowing just seven hits and two earned runs during Earlham’s title run. She notched 17 strikeouts and walked just two batters in the tournament.

Earlham ended the season with a 31-4 record and won the West Central Conference crown with a 16-0 league record.

One of the top pitchers in the state, Brindley closed out her senior year with an 18-2 record. She struck out 153 batters, walked just 26 and allowed 44 runs (35 earned) on 63 hits through the first 34 games of the season. Brindley entered Friday’s championship game with a 2.02 earned run average with opposing hitters batting .130 against her.

It wasn’t just in the circle where Brindley did damage for her team. She also produced at the plate for the Cardinals. Brindley entered Friday’s action with a .341 batting average and 30 total hits with one home run and 28 RBIs. She posted a .409 slugging percentage and a .437 on-base percentage.

Ending her final high school season as a champion pays big dividends for Brindley as she prepares for the next stage of her career with the Warriors.

“The experience she gained in this state title run will serve her very well as she moves to the next level,” Gilbertson said. “We feel very fortunate that Kaylie will be wearing Waldorf purple in a few weeks.”