Softball: Marist outlasts Mother McAuley
A day earlier, she might have considered going swimming.
That was the last thing that seemed to be on Brooke Wyderski’s mind Thursday as she briskly rubbed her arms in the outfield after the RedHawks’ 11-8 victory over visiting Mother McAuley.
“Oooh, it’s cold!” she said.
She should have used her bat. That was plenty hot.
Wyderski drove in seven runs with two three-run home runs and an RBI single. Her second blast came with two outs in the bottom of the fifth and took the starch out of a remarkable seven-run rally into a tie by the Mighty Macs in the top of the frame.
Madison Naujokas, Haley Richy, Julie Trellicoso and Kaitlin Kenny contributed two hits each for the RedHawks (12-7). Emily Powers was 3-for-4 and Meg Bush hit a homer for McAuley (13-3).
Wyderski’s homers were her sixth and seventh of the season. None was as critical as the one she hit off McAuley reliever Dara Sanders in the fifth, driving home Angela Sorrentino (single) and Erica Nagel (single).
“My intention was just to hit the ball,” Wyderski said. “I was just looking for that pitch. And she pitched my pitch.
“This was awesome. We all hit a lot (Thursday).”
Marist pounded out 15 hits in six innings. For a while, the game looked headed for slaughter-rule status as the RedHawks scored one run in the second, three in the third and fourth in the fourth.
Marist starting pitcher Audra Hecker, meanwhile, allowed just one run through four innings, that coming on a towering homer over the fence in right field by Bush.
With the score 8-1, RedHawks coach Denise Bromberek pulled Hecker and sent sophomore Zariya Gonzalez to the circle.
Gonzalez was one out away from a scoreless inning when Emily Rux smashed a two-run double. Alex Brown followed with an RBI single.
Hecker was brought back into the game and allowed four consecutive singles, by Bush, Emily Powers, Taylor Moore and Cassey Bilek. Bilek carried the lead run at second base when Wyderski made a spectacular stab on a smash into the hole at short by Bri Gyrion, and threw her out to finally end the inning.
After that, Hecker was sterling again, retiring six of the final seven Mighty Macs she faced.
“I stayed warm, so there were no excuses,” Hecker said of her rocky return. “They were just hitting the ball. Then I just starting hitting spots, and I knew my defense would have my back. It helps.”