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Softball: Providence overcomes injury to Morgan Greenwood, topples Richards

Richards players confer pitching circle. | Jean Lachat~For Sun-Times Media

Richards players confer in the pitching circle. | Jean Lachat~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: June 18, 2013 7:34AM



The pitching will come and go. The offense will have hot and cold streaks.

Ups and downs though, Providence coach Jay Biesterfeld can almost always count on one thing: his team’s composure.

That composure was tested Wednesday as the Celtics watched star sophomore Morgan Greenwood carted off the field with a potentially serious ankle injury.

“It was tough to watch for us because Morgan is such a key player,” Providence pitcher Amanda Wilson said. “It’s a terrible thing to see happen to one of your own players. It was important to stay focused and win it for Morgan.”

Wilson pitched through some early struggles and Courtney Pych smashed a game-winning home run in a 5-3 win over visiting Richards.

In the bottom of the first, Greenwood slid into second base on a wild pitch. The sophomore’s left ankle buckled underneath her. After sitting for several minutes at second base, Greenwood was carted off the field.

“I don’t want to speculate, but I can’t say I’m encouraged,” Biesterfeld said. “Morgan’s a great kid, and she’s carried us offensively for four weeks now.”

Having tied the game at 3 with two runs in the sixth, Providence (22-7) turned to Pych for some late-inning heroics. With an RBI double already to her name, Pych teed off for a home run to straightaway center field to start the bottom of the sixth.

“I saw three balls in a row so I was just looking anything close over the plate,” Pych said. “It was outside, but I got around it well, and I felt it pretty good off the bat.”

Sarah Brightmore (2-for-2, two walks) added an RBI single for the Celtics to provide insurance.

Wilson (14-4) battled through the seventh, setting down Richards (18-7) in order to get the win. She finished with four strikeouts, while allowing five hits and walking one.

“It’s just a matter of staying positive and knowing we’ll come back,” Wilson said. “We never really get down.”

Dana Cummings had a two-run single for Richards, with Molly Pohrebny adding an RBI double.

Looking ahead with his best hitter possibly done for the season, Biesterfeld remains confident in his team.

“We like to play a tough schedule, and we’ve been in a lot of close games,” he said. “It keeps our kids tested, and they always know they can come back when they’re down.”



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