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Softball: Lincoln-Way West overpowers Lockport

Updated: May 10, 2014 6:35AM



Being a reserve player as a freshman on varsity behind Sam Magruder was nothing for Lincoln-Way West second baseman Amanda Ruskowsky to be ashamed about.

Ruskowsky, who knew how good Magruder was, also knew her time would come. That time is now, and the sophomore continues to make the most of it. Ruskowsky pounded out three hits — including her fourth home run of the season — Tuesday to led West to a 10-2 win over Lockport.

The Warriors improved to 7-0 while the Porters dropped to 3-2.

“We have no holes in our lineup,” Ruskowsky said. “We were really upset with our ending last year. We’re determined to go farther this year.”

That ending was a 1-0 loss in a Class 3A sectional to Tinley Park, whom the Warriors (7-0) will play at 1 p.m. Saturday. That playoff loss came after they run-ruled the Titans during the regular season.

The Warriors put their entire arsenal on display Tuesday, from 11 hits to the dominant pitching of Morghan Dieringer. After giving up a leadoff home run to Lockport’s Kelly Pattison, Dieringer (5-0) settled down, allowing five hits while striking out seven and walking two.

“(Tuesday) was a good team win. Everybody contributed,” Dieringer said.

Ruskowsky had with three RBI and two runs. Dani Morgan (3 runs) stayed hot, adding two hits, including a double down the right-field line in her first at-bat. Rachael Luckett (2 RBI) and Rachel Andrade (2 RBI) also had two hits, Andrade getting her second home run of the season.

Gabby Voulgaris added a double and later scored on a bloop double to short right field by Sarah DeMasi. Kayla Putman (1-1) started the game for the Porters and Justine Cielinski relieved in the fourth.

“(West) did a nice job of hitting; credit to them,” Lockport coach Marissa Chovanec said. “We need a little more discipline at the plate. We cannot continue to swing at balls.”

The Warriors took the lead for good when they answered Pattison’s home run with two runs in their half of the first on the Ruskowsky home run. They added a run in the third, four in the fourth and three in the sixth.

“We’ve been working hard. We have some young girls who are proving themselves but we still have to continue to get better,” West coach Heather Novak said.



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