Updated: April 10, 2014 11:01PM
Brooke Wyderski doesn’t keep track of her personal stats, so Marist’s shortstop never knew how close she was to a cycle or whether she has driven in three runs previously in a game this season.
The Loyola-bound senior powered Marist to a 7-1 victory Thursday at Lyons by going 3-for-4 with three RBI. Wyderski had a fourth RBI taken away and fell short of the cycle, needing a triple in her last at-bat, but flied out in the sixth inning.
“I was feeling really good (at the plate),” Wyderski said. “We’ve all worked hard each day to get better.”
Wyderski had an RBI double in the first inning, and an RBI single in third. She hit losing pitcher Maggie Vacchiano’s first pitch to start the fifth for a no-doubt home run over the center-field fence. With future Loyola teammate Brooke Wilson at third base in the sixth, Wyderski popped out to back-peddling second baseman Stefanie D’Anna for an apparent sacrifice fly, but Wilson was ruled out for leaving the bag early for an inning-ending double play.
“In every at-bat, (Wyderski) does what she can for the team,” Marist coach Denise Bromberek said.
Wyderski’s solo home run forced Vacchiano out of the game after allowing seven hits and six runs in four innings. Lyons (3-2) used two other pitchers in the game, but could not slow an 11-hit day for Marist. Alexus Rogers and Amanda McIllhany (2 RBI) had two hits each.
Bromberek said starting outfielder Julianne Trellicoso missed the game for an unspecified reason.
The RedHawks (6-3-1) have not lost to Illinois competition since returning from a spring break trip to Florida. Marist took a 5-0 lead in the third with three runs in the inning. Two runs scored on errors while catcher Izabella Wilkinson added an RBI single.
“We talked after the game about what kind of things Marist does that we want to do,” Lyons coach Dawn Schabacker said.
Winning pitcher Zariya Gonzalez allowed four hits.
Lyons’ only run came in the fourth on Alexus Pelletiere’s RBI single to drive in Courtney Petrosius from second base.