Softball: Lockport reaches semifinals of Providence Invitational
By Bill Harrison For Sun-Times Media April 4, 2014 10:34PM
Andrew batters had difficulty with Downers Grove North pitcher Dale Ryndak.| Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 5, 2014 5:25PM
Manteno pitcher Brooke Stulga had a 60-mph fastball last season when she put up impressive numbers from the circle and led her team to a 23-6 record.
During the offseason, she concentrated on lifting weights and doing speed drills. The result? She got an added extra 3 to 4 mph on her fastball. Friday, defending Class 4A state champion Minooka had trouble catching up with Stulga, who pitched her team to a 2-0 win at the Providence Invitational.
The Panthers (6-0) will play Downers Grove North in a semifinal at 11 a.m. Saturday. North was a 2-0 winner over Andrew.
Lockport (2-0) was a 5-0 winner over Neuqua Valley in a game shortened to six innings because of darkness. Halle Hollatz and Gabby Voulgaris each homered for the Porters, while Justine Cielinski got the victory in the circle.
Manteno’s Stulga (5-0) closed a two-hit, seven-strikeout outing by her fanning the side in the seventh.
“My pitches were hitting their spots, and (catcher) Samantha (Beckwith) called a great game,” Stulga said. “They were a good hitting team and our defense was so solid — I think we had one error.”
Meghan Quirk (2-3) gave up two runs on four hits, striking out four, for Minooka (2-3). Leegan Boudreau’s sacrifice fly scored Kiley Zajdzinski (single) in the third. Zajdzinski reached third after a double by Carly Trapanier. Boudreau (single) scored in the sixth on a passed ball.
Marissa Burns had the other hit for the Indians.
Host Providence lost 2-1 to Glenbard West. Celtics pitcher Kendal Judge allowed two unearned runs on four hits, striking out 12. The Celtics (1-2) had four hits, including a solo home run by Sarah Brightmore.
Glenbard West — which will meet Lockport at 11 a.m. Saturday in the other semifinal — scored a run in the sixth on an RBI single by Jackie Feliciano and one in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Caylin Potter. Winning pitcher Taylor Langtry went the distance, allowing five hits while fanning 10.
“We have to tighten up our defense and come up with more key hits,” said Providence coach Jay Biesterfeld, whose team made two costly errors. “Kendal has pitched some good games and was a tough-luck loser. She keeps giving us games like that, we’ll be in good shape.”
Against Andrew, Downers Grove North (5-0) broke open a scoreless game with two runs in the sixth on Dale Ryndak’s RBI double, scoring Katie Polaski (bunt single), and a sacrifice fly by Ali Woitovich scoring pinch-runner Claire Donahue.
On the mound Ryndak (4-0) went the distance, allowing five hits, while striking out eight for the Trojans. Kayla Plastiak had two hits, including a double, for the Thunderbolts (3-1).