Softball: Marist crushes Minooka
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media April 6, 2013 10:14PM
Updated: May 8, 2013 6:51AM
Small ball. Long ball. Marist had it all Saturday vs. visiting Minooka.
Cranking out 13 hits, including a Brooke Wyderski grand slam, and drawing five walks, Marist cruised to a 10-1 nonconference win over Minooka.
“Everyone can hit in our lineup,” Wyderski said. “We do what we’re told. so bunt or hit, we can do it. Whatever sign we’re given we try to execute it.”
Wyderski finished 1-for-2 with five RBI and two runs to lead Marist (3-3). Haley Richy (2-for-4, double, 2 RBI), Katie Caulfield (2 runs), Erica Nagel (2-for-4, 2 runs) and Julie Trellicoso (2-for-3, 2 runs) contributed.
After Friday’s 15-2 blowout loss to Trinity, Marist coach Denise Bromberek was pleased to see the quick, positive turnaround.
“It seemed like it was erased from our memory,” Bromberek said. “They didn’t bring (Friday’s) game to (Saturday) at all, only to learn from it.”
The RedHawks’ offense was clicking on all cylinders Saturday, highlighted by a five-run second inning. Brooke Wilson’s RBI single with the bases loaded brought in Nagel, setting up Wyderski for another bases-loaded opportunity.
The junior blasted an opposite-field grand slam in extremely windy conditions to put Marist up 6-1.
“Bases loaded, we knew we had to score,” Wyderski said. “I wasn’t focusing on hitting a home run. I was hoping for a hit, just bring that next batter up.”
Marist added three in the third and one in the fifth.
Freshman Lizzie Annerino earned her first varsity win, throwing a complete game four-hitter with only one strikeout.
“All my pitches were working, and my fielders are good enough that I know I can let the offense hit the ball,” Annerino said. “They’ll always make plays for me. I don’t have to be perfect then.”
Kelli Holstine scored on a wild pitch in the third to provide the lone run for Minooka (4-1). Kelsey Smith finished 2-for-3 for the Indians.
“When we got runners on, we could never string hits together,” Minooka coach Mark Brown said. “Our offense came out flat, and they put some runs up early.”