Softball: Oak Forest nips Beecher
By Bill Harrison For Sun-Times Media April 29, 2013 8:48PM
Oak Forest's Brianna Getzloff (2) and Ashley Benninger high-five after scoring against Beecher. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 1, 2013 6:43AM
Oak Forest coach Katy Dammer knew her team wasn’t going into extra innings when Calie Delisi stepped to the plate with two outs and the potential winning run on third base.
Delisi has a knack for coming through in pressure situations, and she did it again Monday against Beecher in Oak Forest.
On a 2-and-0 pitch, Delisi stroked a sinking line-drive single to right, scoring Alyssa Kolecki — running for Taylor Sterkowitz (walk) — for a 7-6 Bengals win.
“I’ve never seen Beecher, I’ve only heard about them,” said Dammer, whose team got rained out against the Bobcats last season. “She always seems to perform in those pressure situations. I have the utmost confidence in her and so do her teammates.”
Delisi and Kylie Powers had two hits and two RBI each for the Bengals (14-7), while Ashley Benninger had three hits. Brianna Getzloff added a double.
The Bengals took a 5-0 lead after five innings with one run in the second, three in the third and another in the fourth. Powers had a two-run double in the third while Delisi added an RBI double in the fourth.
The Bobcats (19-3) scored five in the fifth behind consecutive singles from Emily Landis (2-for-5), Sydney Zupar, Isabella Woolslayer (2-for-3), and Katie Howard (2-for-4) to tie the game at 5.
The Bobcats pounded out 16 hits but left 15 runners on base and were victimized twice by Bengals second baseman Shannon Coyle, who made two diving stops.
“Not enough timely hitting,” said Beecher coach Kevin Hayhurst, whose team was without outfielders Briana Bowler (hamstring) and Maddy Bainbridge (sick). “We haven’t had to come back most of this year and it was nice to see we can score runs (when we are behind).”
Sarah Crews (10-1) suffered her first loss of the season, coming in relief of Mallory Ivers in the third.
Oak Forest starting pitcher Emily Larsen (9-4) got the win. She was lifted for reliever Corinna Boersma in the fifth but came back in the seventh to retire both batters she faced.
Beecher tied the game at 6 in the seventh on an RBI single by Crews (3-for-3).
“I try to stay confident as long as I can,” Delisi said. “I love the pressure, and I feel like the energy is always there. I don’t try to hit the ball over the fence I just try to put it in play.”