Softball: Lincoln-Way West blanks Richards
By Tony Baranek firstname.lastname@example.org March 29, 2013 9:16PM
Lincoln-Way West's Rachael Luckett dives back to second base as Richards' Kaitlyn Fetchko tries to put the tag on her during their softball game in Oak Lawn Friday, March 29, 2013. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 1, 2013 3:50PM
At 5-foot-5, Morghan Dieringer isn’t exactly a towering inferno in the pitching circle for Lincoln-Way West.
She sure can bring it, though, when it comes to throwing a fastball.
“Morghan, the Machine Gun. That’s what we call her,” teammate Sarah Clark said Friday after the Warriors beat host Richards 11-0 in five innings.
“She gets up there and she’s a little girl who throws that ball hard. She strikes them down.”
Dieringer won 16 games for the Warriors in 2012, averaging just under seven strikeouts per game. She was right on par against the Bulldogs, allowing just three hits while fanning six to run her and West’s record to 2-0.
“I haven’t really added much in the way of pitches, I just worked a lot in the offseason,” Dieringer said. “I felt good. It helps a lot when the defense is out there backing you up. And the offense really helped out by coming out strong.”
The Warriors brought with them the memory of being slaughter-ruled 11-0 in 2012 by Richards and Brianna LeBeau.
“They came out hard and they came out aggressive,” Clark said. “They got ahead of us and we really didn’t do a very good job of coming back. That game stuck with us. I mean, it stung, losing to them like that.”
Friday, the Warriors turned the table, putting six runs on the board in the top of the first inning against Richards’ Steph Waller.
They did it with a variety of offensive tactics, from a leadoff bunt single by Kayla Seymour to line singles by Jess Kaemerer and Clark (2-for-3) to a perfectly executed suicide-squeeze bunt by Rachel Andrade to a booming two-run double by Dani Morgan.
“I think the suicide squeeze made a statement that we were out to play and to be aggressive,” Clark said. “We mixed it up with some power hitting and a short game. This year we’re trying to get the little things right.”
A two-run double by Rachel Luckett (2-foor-3) keyed a three-run fourth inning, and Sam Magruder socked a two-run double in the fifth. The eight hits by the Warriors, plus some shaky fielding by Richards (2-1) made it a short day, innings-wise.
“That’s a really good team. They don’t look like it was their second game of the season,” Bulldogs coach Julie Folliard said. “They looked terrific, and they definitely outplayed us (Friday).
“I thought (Steph) did a pretty nice job aside from a few situations. We just have some things to work on. They were better (Friday), and I look forward to playing them again (in the state playoffs) at the end of the season.”