Softball: Homewood-Flossmoor surprises Andrew
By Tony Baranek firstname.lastname@example.org May 21, 2013 8:20PM
Homewood-Flossmoor's Angela Roberts rounds second after hitting a grand slam against Andrew. | Corey R. Minkanic~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 23, 2013 6:33AM
The best way Homewood-Flossmoor’s Kaitlyn Shereyk can explain it is that a sort of “spirit” has taken over the Vikings during the past two weeks.
Most people would just call it crazy.
“It IS crazy,” Shereyk said after H-F shocked Andrew 5-1 Tuesday in a Class 4A Romeoville Regional semifinal. “We love it. We’re all ready to play. We’re ready to win.”
The Vikings had just three victories on the season when they went back-to-back with upset wins May 8 and 10 over SouthWest Suburban Blue powers Lockport and Lincoln-Way East.
Seeded 13th going into the postseason, the Vikings (6-19) turned the tables on yet another ranked team, winning in a pretty ... well, crazy manner.
Trailing 1-0 in the top of the third, H-F loaded the bases with one out on a base hit by Quadrea Allen and two Andrew misplays.
Kasey Nemitz tied it up with a ground single up the middle before Angela Roberts crushed a pitch from Bobbi Gottschammer to deep center field.
Andrew’s Kelly Christner sprinted back and almost made a highlight-reel play. As she reached up to make the catch, however, the ball deflected off the top of her glove, landed on the top of the fence and bounced over for a grand slam.
The home run, Roberts’ eighth of the season, couldn’t have been bigger.
“Senior year? Regionals? No,” she said later with a smile. “I was just thinking, ‘The bases are loaded. I just need to get a hit.’ ”
During the other six innings, H-F was able to muster just three hits against Gottschammer. On defense, the Thunderbolts (26-7) turned three double plays.
While the grand slam certainly hurt, what really did Andrew in was a lack of hitting with runners on base.
The T-bolts took an early lead when Christner led off the first inning with a single, stole second, went to third on a sacrifice by Lauren Beatty and scored on sacrifice fly by Jenna Lenza.
That would be the only time a T-bolt touched home against H-F left-hander Meagan Donermeyer.
Their best chance came in the fourth, when a double by Lenza and a bloop single by Caitlyn Migawa created a second-and-third, no-outs situation.
Donermeyer, however, retired the next three batters without allowing the ball out of the infield, then stranded three more runners over the final three frames.
“Usually, when that happens I get more focused and wanting more,” Donermeyer said of her third-inning dilemma. “It gets my adrenaline going.”
Helping the effort at short was Shereyk, who had four assists and made a diving catch on a foul pop.
“In practice we’ve been buckling down (on defense) because we knew it was coming around to the playoffs,” Shereyk said. “We chose not reflect on our poor record, and instead fix all of the nooks and crannies.”
The Michigan-bound Christner ended a brilliant Andrew career by going 3-for-4 with a double and two stolen bases.