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HALLETTSVILLE – No team in the state softball tournament is going to field a bad defense, but coach Mike Mikeska wouldn’t trade his regardless of the offer. “I’ve had a number of coaches tell us that it’s not even fair playing against a defense like ours,” said Mikeska, who is in his second season as the Lady Brahmas head coach. “We have so much speed in the outfield that almost anything hit in the air they’re going to be able to track down and catch. There’s not a weak link and we are versatile.” The Lady Brahma pitchers (Lauren Steffek, Cherise Klekar, Lindsey Steffek) have combined for 213 strikeouts this season, but it’s been the team’s play in the field which has them confident throughout games. “I think our defense wins us the majority of our games,” said Hallettsville center fielder Latreece Haynes. “We have to have runs on offense to win the games, but our defense is so strong that we never feel like we’re out of a game.” Lauren Steffek (13-2), Klekar (10-4) and Lindsey Steffek (8-3) are all options to pitch against Early. In Game 1 of the Lady Brahmas regional final series against Poth, it was Lauren Steffek who earned the win with a nine-inning complete-game effort. Game 2 and 3 were won by Klekar. “It’s going to be a pretty difficult decision,” Mikeska said. “I’m just going to have to go with my gut on game day.