Softball: Oak Lawn gets swept by South Elgin
By Gary Larsen For Sun-Times Media March 26, 2014 8:18PM
South Elgin pitcher Rachel Ziemba winds up for a pitch vs. Oak Lawn. | Gary Larsen/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 28, 2014 10:32AM
In more ways than one, South Elgin’s bats were blazing Wednesday in a two-game sweep of Oak Lawn.
“We worked a lot of small ball,” Storm catcher Alyssa Buddle said. “And we have a lot of power this year.”
South Elgin won 12-0 over Oak Lawn in the first game of a doubleheader at the Dome in Rosemont, then won 9-2 in the second game.
“That first game, South Elgin hit the heck out of the ball,” Oak Lawn coach Brian Frangella said. “In the second game, we took better control of our at-bats and hit the ball hard, and they made some great plays.”
None of the Storm’s defensive plays were more pivotal than the one left fielder Brittany Koss made with the bases loaded in the sixth inning of the second game, when she made a diving catch of a line drive down the left-field line off the bat of Oak Lawn’s Morgan Jozsa.
“That was a follow-up to a ball that got past (Koss) earlier,” Storm coach Stephanie Katzenberger said. “She apologized, and I told her not to ever apologize for an error, just get the next one. And she did.”
South Elgin (2-0) led 3-0 after an inning and 8-2 after four before scoring a run in the sixth to end the scoring. Alexa Rogalla went 3-for-4 in the win and the Storm got two hits apiece from Koss, Buddle, Mallory Mecklenburg and Paige Allen, who was also the winning pitcher in Game 1.
But the Storm’s offensive star of the day was a sophomore.
“Cassidy Westlund crushed the ball,” Katzenberger said of Westlund, who went 4-for-7 with eight RBI on the day.
Allen struck out three and gave up two hits in five innings in the first game while Taylor Rees gave up two runs on three hits in four innings in the second, with Rachel Ziemba earning the save.
“We’ve been doing a good job and the pitchers have been working their butts off in practice,” Buddle said. “It really showed (Wednesday). Our pitchers did a really good job, a good balance of fast to slow, and movement.”
Oak Lawn’s Mia Loya had two hits in the second game. Ashley Labuda and Kayla Reichert knocked in the two runs for the Spartans (0-2).
Despite the two losses, Frangella was pleased with the day’s defensive work put in by outfielders Kaleigh Hayes and Reily McTeague and catcher Hayden Landingham.
“We had much better looks at the plate in the second game, saw more pitches, and defensively I thought we played pretty sharp,” Frangella said. “South Elgin is just a heck of a hitting team.”