Softball: Oak Forest tees off on Homewood-Flossmoor
By Tony Baranek firstname.lastname@example.org April 3, 2013 7:56PM
Updated: May 5, 2013 2:58PM
Sophomore Kylie Powers, freshman Taylor Sterkowitz and sophomore Shannon Coyle occupy the 3 through 5 slots in the Oak Forest batting order.
So far this season, they’ve been the Bashin’ Baby Bengals.
In Wednesday’s 12-5 win over Homewood-Flossmoor, the trio was a combined 8-for-11, with two home runs and nine RBI.
It’s been a trend for Oak Forest, which improved to 6-0 behind its power hitting and the eight-strikeout pitching of Emily Larsen.
“The thing that I’ve been very impressed with a lot this year is their ability to execute and string those hits back to back,” Bengals coach Katy Dammer said.
Sterkowitz was responsible for eight of their runs Wednesday, going 3-for-4 with five RBI and three runs. Her two-run bomb to left field off H-F starter Angela Roberts in the second inning was her second homer of the season.
“I’m just trying to make contact with the ball, do whatever I can to help the team score runs,” Sterkowitz said.
She wasn’t alone.
Powers was 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and four runs, while Coyle blasted a two-run homer in the bottom of the first to cap a four-run start for the Bengals.
Oak Forest has seven homers in six games. Although all eight hits in their latest win came from the 3 through 5 batters ...
“We’ve been hitting throughout the lineup,” Powers said. “And when somebody makes a mistake, we just have each others’ backs.”
With a 7-0 lead through two innings, Larsen was pretty much able to cruise. The fireballing left-hander had a couple of rough spots, most notable surrendering a two-run home run to H-F cleanup hitter Katelyn Shereyk in the top of the fifth.
But there were no signs of the wildness that occasionally plagued her in 2012.
“She knows that however she performs is how everybody is going to perform around her,” Dammer said of Larsen. “She’s got to come out strong. And, especially when we’re at home, when she starts off and gets the three up and three down, it gets the energy rolling for us.”
Kasey Nemitz was 3-for-4 and Roberts 2-for-4 for H-F (1-3).