Softball: Lincoln-Way East outshines Lincoln-Way Central
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media April 26, 2013 10:50PM
Lincoln-Way Central starting pitcher Alyssa Olson (21). | Larry Kane~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 29, 2013 7:47AM
“Friday night lights” is a term typically reserved for football.
Friday night, however, the lights at Lincoln-Way Central illuminated a SouthWest Suburban Blue softball showdown between the Knights and visiting Lincoln-Way East.
Unfortunately for the Knights, it was East’s bats putting out the most voltage — especially in the sixth inning.
The Griffins used back-to-back homers by Juell Hodges and Blake Ruiz in scoring eight runs in the frame en route to a 14-8 victory.
“I like playing under the lights,” said Ruiz, who went 2-for-4. “It’s special. I was really proud of everyone. It’s more intense any time we play another Lincoln-Way.”
Nikki Jarrell (2-for-5) and Jenny Van Geertry (3-for-5) each drove in two runs via doubles in the sixth for the Griffins (10-3, 5-1). All nine East batters reached base on hits in the inning.
East pitcher Chrisi Mizera improved to 7-0, striking out 13 while walking two. She pitched her way out of bases-loaded jams in both the fourth and fifth innings without giving up a run.
“I kept getting myself into jams, but I had to bring myself out and show the team I had confidence,” Mizera said.
Central (7-8, 2-5) was led by Michelle Kriegshauser, who went 3-for-4, including two homers, with a walk and three RBI.
“I’ve been coaching a while now, and I’ve never been around a player that squares up the ball as well as she does,” Central coach Jeff Tarala said. “She’s an unbelievable hitter.”
Rebecca Reidenga added a solo homer for the Knights, who never showed quit and scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh.
“I couldn’t be happier with the way they competed,” Tarala said.