Softball: Lincoln-Way North defeats Andrew
By Tony Baranek email@example.com April 24, 2013 8:02PM
Lincoln-Way North's Anne Allen (right), celebrates with teammates. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 29, 2013 6:39AM
Lincoln-Way North’s 7-3 SouthWest Suburban Red victory Wednesday over host Andrew was perfectly encapsulated with a two-run home run in the first inning by Jill Galich and seventh-inning back-to-back fielding gems at third base by Anne Allen.
The Phoenix hit the ball and made the plays, and it showed up on the scoreboard.
What showed up in its mirrors, meanwhile, was that its 4-0 start in league play coming in wasn’t just the product of a generous early schedule.
“This shows us that we can handle the top teams in the conference,” Galich said. “We can stay right up there with them. And there’s room for anyone to take it.”
North (8-4, 5-0), which gets another chance to prove it Thursday against another division contender, Lincoln-Way West, was pretty much flawless vs. Andrew.
Maddie Metzger (3-for-3) and Galich (2-for-3, 3 RBI) led the way offensively, while the defense made no errors and freshman Anna Wheatley (3-2) was clutch in the circle.
Wheatley recorded nary a strikeout. But her splitter bedeviled the Thunderbolts, who saw scoring opportunities in each of the first three innings end with infield popouts.
“That’s my strongest pitch,” Wheatley said. “It’s the one I always want to throw. At first (against Andrew) I was a little bit scared. But as it went on I started getting more confident and in control.”
Galich’s two-run first-inning blast, which followed an Andrew error, was her fifth of the season. Hits by Jenna Trojniar, Metzger and Galich paid dividends in a four-run second, which saw another T-bolt miscue.
The final North run, in the fourth, was the product of a base hit by Metzger, a stolen base, a passed ball and an RBI single by Carley Hamann.
“When it’s nice out I like hitting,” Galich said. “We can all hit, and when we focus on what we can do, we win. I’m just hoping we carry it over to (Thursday).”
Andrew (13-4, 4-5) used doubles by Becca Uhlean, Jenna Lenza and Kelly Christner (2-for-4) to score three late runs, but the T-bolts were unable to overcome a sloppy day in the field.
“They outexecuted us in every aspect and they deserved to win,” Andrew coach Jim Holba said of North. “We didn’t play well. We didn’t catch the ball, we didn’t bat well. What’d we fly out, 12 times? You’re not going to win a game like that. It’s a recipe for getting beat.”