Providence second baseman Meghan Martin cant handle a high throw as Benet's Stephanie Abello is safe at first base Saturday. | Ray Luna~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 22, 2013 7:02AM
After getting shut down by Benet pitcher Emily York in Game 1 of an East Suburban Catholic Conference doubleheader, the Providence bats responded in Game 2.
The teams walked away with a split, with Benet winning the opener 7-1 and the Celtics responding with a wild 13-11 win in Game 2.
An extremely tight zone by the home-plate umpire in Game 2 played a big factor in the slugfest that produced a combined 26 hits and 13 walks.
“It definitely was (a tight zone), but it was fair for both teams,” Providence coach Jay Biesterfeld said. “(Benet coach) Jerry (Schilf) and I made a couple comments to each other but as long as it’s consistent you have to try to adjust to it.”
York (6-2) went the distance in Game 1, striking out three, walking three and scattering three hits. Amanda Wilson drove in the only run for the Celtics with an unconventional RBI double in the fourth that scored Jessica Cothern (single). Wilson’s double ricocheted off York and into right-center.
The Redwings (8-2, 2-1) were up 7-0 at the time via a two-run home run in the third by Marissa Panko — her first of two homers on the day — and a five-run fourth keyed by a two-run line-drive double off the center-field fence by Maeve McGuire, who added a home run in Game 2. Wilson (5-2) took the loss in a game in which the Celtics’ defense committed four errors.
Maeve Garvey went 3-for-5 with six RBI in Game 2 as the Celtics (8-3, 3-2) battled back after blowing leads of 5-0 and 9-6. A four-run seventh highlighted by a two-out, two-run single by Garvey helped Providence regain the lead for good 13-10. Freshman Kendal Judge, who started the game but was relieved by Wilson in the sixth with two out, returned in the seventh to get the save.
“I was in a slump for a while and it was finally good to come back around,” Garvey said.
Jessica Cothern and Morgan Greenwood also had three hits each for the Celtics. Cothern had four RBI, including a three-run home run in the first. Greenwood had two doubles and scored two runs.
Ali Michalick and York each had three hits in Game 2 for the Redwings, while Stephanie Abello and Panko had a pair of hits. Freshman Megan Stoppelman started Game 2 and was relieved by York in the fifth.
“I was concerned about us coming out flat today because we haven’t played in a while,” Schilf said. “We adjusted to Amanda (in Game 1) pretty well, moving up in the box to take away that drop.”