Softball: Lincoln-Way Central powers past Richards
By Tony Baranek firstname.lastname@example.org March 26, 2014 9:42PM
Tasha Fields (8) of Lincoln-Way North and Valentina Poggi of Willowbrook go up for a header. | Jon Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 28, 2014 10:32AM
During her half-season on varsity as a sophomore in 2013, Lincoln-Way Central’s Jackie Farbak primarily was used as a bunter and slapper.
Wednesday, she was a basher for the Knights in an 8-5 victory over Richards at the Max McCook Athletic and Exposition center.
Farbak’s bases-loaded triple in the top of the fifth inning erased what was a 1-0 deficit. She added an RBI single in the sixth for Central in its season opener.
Molly Pohrebny, Emily Wetzel, Sara Kiziak and Hailey Czerwinski all had two hits for Richards (1-1).
Farbak, who had struck out and drawn a walk against Bulldogs starter Sara Tobin, was the first in line to face reliever Victoria Nemec in the fifth after teammates Rebecca Reidenga and Nicole Rote both reached on one-out choppers up the middle and Bree Schultz on a soft line single to center.
“Looking at (Nemec) while she was warming up, she was the kind of a pitcher I like to hit off,” Farbak said. “I didn’t know exactly what she was going to give me, but I liked the pitch.”
Farbak drove the ball over everybody’s head to the padded wall in deep center for a ground-rule triple. Ashley Evans followed with an RBI single as the Knights scored four times in the inning.
Farbak’s RBI single highlighted a three-run sixth that was low-lighted by three defensive lapses by Richards. Back-to-back doubles in the seventh by Colleen McLaughlin and Courtney Kinney provided the Knights’ eighth run.
Hannah Dallio tossed solid five innings for Central, striking out three while allowing just five hits.
“It felt good for the first game of the season,” she said. “I had good backup by my team.”
Dallio is back with the Knights after taking a break from softball during her junior season. It couldn’t happen at a better time for Central, which is without staff ace Melanie Bakotic, who is recovering from tendinitis.
“She came back and played for her travel team, then she came back (to Central) and wanted to play,” Knights coach Jeff Tarala said. “That’s a welcome addition.”
Richards, trailing 7-1 at one point, got back into the game with a three-run sixth, the highlights a triple by Wetzel and back-to-back doubles by Pohrebny and Abby Gentile. The Bulldogs scored again in the seventh, and had two on and the tying run at the plate before Central reliever Sarah Mikolajczak shut the door.
Tobin was a pitching force for Richards through the first four innings, allowing two hits while striking out five.
“At start of the game I felt really good,” Tobin said. “I did think that I was maybe getting a little tired toward that (fifth) inning and they did get a couple of those ones that just bounced through. That’s the way the game goes, I guess.”