Softball: Richards rolls over Oak Lawn
By Tony Baranek firstname.lastname@example.org April 25, 2013 7:48PM
Updated: May 29, 2013 7:16AM
Primarily a leadoff/singles hitter with some pop, Richards’ Sara Tobin was installed in the No. 2 slot Thursday in a one-game batting order shake-around by coach Julie Folliard.
Was it just a coincidence she started hitting doubles?
“Yeah ... ha-ha. I don’t know,” Tobin said with a laugh after the host Bulldogs trounced Oak Lawn 9-1 in the South Suburban Red. “I’ve just been seeing (the ball) real well, and just trying to go up and have a good at-bat, not really crush the ball but have solid contact.”
Tobin drove in the first Richards run with a first-inning double. Her second double, leading off the third, started a five-run outburst. She finished 3-for-4.
“She’s tough as nails,” Folliard said. “She’s incredibly competitive and she’s a very good hitter. She can hit for power, she can hit for singles. That’s a really tough nut to crack in that leadoff spot.”
Abby Gentile (3-for-4) and Emily Wetzel (3-for-4) also led the way for the Bulldogs (11-4, 11-1), who’ve been a bit of a surprise in conference. Recent victories over Oak Forest and Tinley Park have put them not only in a position to claim the Red, but top the SSC overall.
“I think that was kind of a clarification that even though we lost a lot of girls last year we’re still a good team,” Tobin said. “We have our strengths, and we’re going to fight.”
Oak Lawn (3-8, 3-6), which got two hits from Jaimee Alberts and a double by Reily McTeague, played the Bulldogs tough for 21/2 innings. The Spartans tied the game at 1 in the second and had two on with one out in the third before Richards pitcher Stephanie Waller settled down.
Tobin’s double in the bottom of the third led to a flurry of activity that included another double by Wetzel, a single by Gentile and a sacrifice fly by Dana Cummings. Oak Lawn also made an error and was caught out of position on two other plays.
Wetzel’s RBI single made it 7-1 in the fourth. A Cummings RBI single keyed a two-run sixth.
Waller, meanwhile, followed her rough patch at the start by blanking Oak Lawn the rest of the way. The right-hander finished with seven strikeouts through six innings. Victoria Nemec threw a scoreless seventh.