Softball: Providence thwacks Mother McAuley 10-0
By Tony Baranek email@example.com April 7, 2014 7:48PM
Morgan Greenwood, of Providence, connects for a RBI double against Mother McAuley at Mother McAuley, Monday, April 7th, 2014 in Chicago | Gary Middendorf/for Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 9, 2014 6:24AM
Morgan Greenwood’s 2013 season ended with an awful twist when she injured her left ankle and had to miss the state playoffs.
A fresh start in 2014 couldn’t come soon enough for the Providence junior.
“Oh, it was so exciting,” she said. “I was so pumped for this season. I said I was going to come back bigger and better and stronger than before.”
In Monday’s stunning 10-0 five-inning win over host Mother McAuley, she was unstoppable. Greenwood was 4-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs. Her teammates followed her cue, as the Celtics (3-3) cranked out 16 hits against three McAuley pitchers.
It was a nice bouceback from a tough weekend in which they didn’t hit all that well at their own invitational.
“(Sunday) we had a day off so I went to Genuine Sports training and I hit about five machine buckets,” Greenwood said. “I did what I could to get my swing back and do what I could to help my team.”
The Celtics came out swinging, scoring twice in the first inning against McAuley starting pitcher Jessica Alberts behind a double by Courtney Pych (2-for-4) and singles by Sarah Brightmore (3-for-4) and Greenwood.
Base hits by Pych and Jessica Cothern KO’d Alberts in the second. Greenwood greeted reliever Holly Marousek with an RBI double, and Kendal Judge smacked a two-run single.
Greenwood doubled to knock out Marousesk and Judge smacked a two-run single off Dara Sanders to highlight a four-run fourth. Greenwood completed her hitting day with an RBI single in the fifth.
The Celtics made the defensive play of the game in the first when Maeve Garvey ran down a liner by Morgan Fleming that bounced to the fence in left field and threw to Pych, whose relay throw to Cothern at the plate nailed McAuley baserunner Mady Ruppert.
Beyond that, Judge was brilliant in the circle, striking out eight while allowing just three hits.
“I felt pretty good,” Judge said. “I was just working on hitting my spots with the movement, not leaving anything over the plate, trying to get ahead in the count and then make them chase later on.”
Fleming’s double, a sharp ground single by Sanders and a bunt single by Nicole Majewski were the offensive highlights for the Macs (3-3).
“Up until (Monday) we’ve been playing very well,” McAuley coach Colleen Kilduff said. “We’ve been putting the ball in play a lot more than we did (Monday). I think inconsistency (in the circle) really killed us right off the bat and it just continued throughout the game.
“There is really no excuse for that, with three different pitchers going in. But Kendal did a great job, and we just didn’t put enough balls in play.”