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Softball: Andrew stifles Lincoln-Way Central

Andrew catcher KarMeter puts tag Lincoln-Way Central's Hannah Hosty plate during their softball game Tinley Park Thursday April 4 2013.

Andrew catcher Kara Meter puts the tag on Lincoln-Way Central's Hannah Hosty at the plate during their softball game in Tinley Park Thursday, April 4, 2013. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 6, 2013 6:28AM



Andrew pitcher Hannah Theilmann gave up a first-inning run Thursday to Lincoln-Way Central before getting a double play to escape further damage. The junior didn’t panic, really didn’t make much of an adjustment at all. If anything, struggling early is her norm.

“The first inning is always rough for me,” Theilmann said. “I just want to get the rhythm of the field, see how the batters react. I usually just want to get through it.”

Theilmann was dominant the rest of the way, tossing a four-hitter to lead host Andrew to a 6-1 win in a SouthWest Suburban crossover.

The junior struck out three of the last four batters she faced, representing her strikeout total for the game. Theilmann induced 14 groundouts overall, including four she handled herself.

“I always want to let my defense work,” she said. “I’m not a strikeout pitcher, so I let them make the plays.”

While their pitcher was shutting down Central’s offense, the Thunderbolts went to work with the bats. Kelly Christner blasted a first-inning homer to tie the game at 1. But the focus for Andrew was small-ball. The Thunderbolts scored once in the second and four times in the third without the benefit of an extra-base hit.

Megan Ricketts drove in Lauren Beatty with an opposite-field single in the fourth. Andrew’s other three runs came courtesy of Central infield errors.

“Our theme is always, ‘put pressure on the defense and make them make plays,’ ” Andrew coach Jim Holba said. “We’ve got some bombers in the lineup, but they’re not in rhythm right now, and this is what we have to do to win.”

Abby Bailey went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two runs for Andrew (4-1). Michelle Kriegshauser had three of Central’s four hits, going 3-for-3 with a double and a run. The Knights drop to 4-2.

“We’re in games ... it’s just the little things,” Central coach Jeff Tarala said. “It’s 3-1, and we’re there. It’s encouraging because you see you can compete with teams like Andrew and Lincoln-Way East. It is fixable things we can work on.”



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