Softball: Marist shows its chemistry in sweep
A little chemistry combined with a lot of wins makes for a very relaxed Marist coach Denise Bromberek.
The normally feisty coach is sitting back and enjoying her last year with the Redhawks. Encouraging, patient and even joking aren’t exactly attributes Bromberek was known for. But this season as she watches her team walk over opponents, she is a sincere testament to that style of coaching.
That didn’t change much on Saturday in Forest Park when the Redhawks swept Fenwick 10-1, and 13-3 in East Suburban Catholic play. They pounded out 27 hits in two games, made just two errors and put a big smile on their coaches face.
“This team gets along so well it is just fun to watch and very easy to coach,” Bromberek said. “They just do things on their own and it’s very enjoyable to watch.”
The No. 4 Redhawks (14-3, 8-0) were led by the pitching of Zariya Gonzalez (10-1) in Game 1 and Lizzie Annerino (4-2) in Game 2. Gonzalez, who has emerged as the team’s No. 1 pitcher, gave up one run and three hits while striking out eight and walking one. Annerino gave up all three runs and five of the seven hits in the third, but settled down, striking out four and walking one.
From the plate it was the usual suspects for the Redhawks (11-0 in Illinois). The Brooke Bombers — Brooke Wyderski and Brooke Wilson — had three hits each in Game 1. Wilson, who never has hit a home run before this season, hit her second of the year to go with a double and three RBI. Madison Naujokas and Bella Wilkinson added two hits each.
“We do a lot of hitting drills in practice,” said Wilson, a junior centerfielder. “I’m just seeing the ball better and being more patient at the plate.”
Naujokas added three more hits in Game 2, including a triple and two doubles. Wilkinson, Alexis Rogers and Jillian Kenny each had two hits. Naujokas and Rogers each had three RBI.
The Friars (8-10, 2-8) were led by Lewis recruit Jenna Cairo, who had a double in each of the games. Valeri Perrelli (7-6) was the losing pitcher in Game 1, and Nicole Tristano took the loss in Game 2.
“What has hurt us this week is we don’t come out ready,” said Fenwick coach Mike Marrese, whose team committed seven errors on the day. “We didn’t start out good today [giving up three runs in the first]. When we start out good we’re a good team, and we didn’t do that today.”