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Softball: Lincoln-Way East outshines Lincoln-Way Central

Lincoln-Way Central starting pitcher AlyssOls(21). | Larry Kane~For Sun-Times Media

Lincoln-Way Central starting pitcher Alyssa Olson (21). | Larry Kane~For Sun-Times Media

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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.



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