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Softball: Lincoln-Way East tops Andrew in eight innings

Lincoln-Way East pitcher Chrisi Mizer(left) is late with tag as Andrew's JennLenzscores during their softball game Frankfort Tuesday April 2

Lincoln-Way East pitcher Chrisi Mizera (left) is late with the tag as Andrew's Jenna Lenza scores during their softball game in Frankfort Tuesday, April 2, 2013. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 4, 2013 6:34AM



When Lincoln-Way East’s Juell Hodges faced Andrew reliever Hannah Theilmann in the sixth inning of Tuesday’s SouthWest Suburban crossover, she was fooled badly by a changeup and took it for strike three.

When Hodges faced Theilmann again in the bottom of the eighth, the climactic pitch wasn’t a changeup.

Hodges wasn’t fooled, either.

The senior took a full cut at a 3-and-1 fastball. She got all of it, launching an opposite-field home run over the fence in right field to lift the host Griffins to a 7-6 victory.

“She definitely got me the first time, but I wasn’t letting it happen again,” a smiling Hodges said in the fading postgame sunlight. “I was ready to hit the ball. But I just wanted a hit. I don’t swing for fences.”

Nikki Jarrell also cleared the fence for East (3-1), while Carissa Ernat (2 doubles) and Jorgi Calombaris both were 3-for-4.

Andrew (3-1) was led by Kelly Christner, who was 4-for-5 with three RBI and two runs, while Lauren Beatty and Caitlyn Migawa each had two hits.

Griffins pitcher Chrisi Mizera improved to 3-0, striking out nine while allowing eight hits. She was a survivor, to be sure.

“They’re a really good team,” she said of Andrew. “They’re a strong team, and probably the best we’ve faced. I just couldn’t give up.”

The back-and-forth battle saw Andrew jump out in front 2-0 in top of the first, the key hit an RBI single by Migawa, only to have East strike in the bottom half with a three-spot against Thunderbolts starter Madison Sherwood thanks mostly to a pair of doubles by Ernat and Calombaris.

RBI hits by Beatty and Christner allowed Andrew to score single runs in the third and fourth, but Farrell tied it at 4 with a one-out home run in the bottom of the fifth that KO’d Sherwood. A double steal, with courtesy runner Sarah Esposito on the scoring end, put East up 5-4 through five.

Back-to-back RBI singles by Christner and Beatty gave Andrew its final lead of the game in the sixth, but East forced extra innings by scoring in the bottom of the seventh when Ashley Hesse reached on an error and came in on an RBI groundout by Calombaris.

“Both teams came up with big hits at key moments. They just had one more than we did,” Andrew coach Jim Holba said. “There were too many flyballs on our part. (Mizera) is a good pitcher. We just need to keep learning and getting better.”



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