Softball: Lockport stymies Sandburg
The question of who ranks where in the Lockport pitching pecking order is one that doesn’t have a definite answer.
“You just never know,” coach Marissa Chovanec said Monday after her Porters beat visiting Sandburg 4-1. “We have four pitchers on our staff, and who we might think are (Nos.) 1 or 2 might not be that day.
“I think all four of them are doing a good job when we ask them to come in. We’ve had our moments where they didn’t do their job, but they’re learning.”
Kalyn Putman aced her test Monday, blanking Sandburg for six innings and finishing with a six-hitter to help keep Lockport (18-8, 9-1) atop the SouthWest Suburban Blue with Lincoln-Way East.
Carly Dundee led the Porters offense, going 3-for-3 with a home run, triple and three RBI. Emma Carter and Jordan Carter had two hits each and Gabby Voulgaris a key two-run single.
Karli McLaughlin doubled and came in on a base hit by Meg Flaherty for Sandburg (10-12, 5-5).
The Porters struggled for several innings before coming on late to defeat the Eagles in their first meeting. Monday, they wasted no time attacking against Sandburg ace Sarah Herold. Dundee reached on a line single, Kelly Pattison on a bloop to right and Brittany Bickelman on a bunt. Voulgaris followed with a two-run single up the middle.
“That was really big for us with everybody getting on base,” Voulgaris said. “That was a good starter for us. It helped us mentally a lot.”
Dundee took care of the rest, smashing a solo homer in the fourth and tripling home Jordan Arndt (single) in the sixth.
“I had a rough day on Saturday (1-for-8 in two games),” Dundee said. “It was just my head. I was thinking too much and getting my head out on every pitch. It was good to focus on the ball more. It felt good coming back.”
Putman (4-1), meanwhile, frustrated the Eagles with a potpourri of curves, riseballs, dropballs and screwballs. The right-hander had them mostly swinging up, retiring six on flyouts, three on popouts and two on soft infield liners.
“I was just mixing up my pitches a lot, going inside and out,” Putman said.
When did Putman get word she was starting?
“Right before the game she (Chovanec) told me,” Putman said. “I was really excited. This is a huge rivalry.”