Softball: Tinley Park stifles T.F. South
By Tony Baranek email@example.com April 11, 2014 8:14PM
Annalisse Scott, of Tinley Park, delivers a pitch against T.F. South at T.F. South, Friday, April 11th, 2014 in Lansing. | Gary Middendorf/for Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 12, 2014 5:28PM
Tinley Park pitcher Annalisse Scott said she spent much of her offseason working to perfect her movement pitches.
“Those are a big help this year,” she said.
A big help for Scott, that is. A big pain for opposing hitters.
T.F. South was the latest victim, as Scott ran her scoreless innings streak to 29 Friday in a 6-0 victory over T.F. South.
Scott pitched a two-hitter, striking out 13. She also contributed on offense with two singles, while Lexxi Lux (3-for-4) and Kaylee Saavedra (3-for-4) brought the biggest bats for Tinley Park (6-0, 4-0).
Tiambris Tate doubled and Sarah Kessler singled for T.F. South (5-3, 5-2).
Scott was in total command against the Rebels, with at least one strikeout in every inning. The only two solidly hit balls against her were Tate’s double in the third and a towering fly to right field by Sydney Harrison in the seventh that was flagged down at the fence by Megan Laib.
“Last year I just started three of my movement pitches,” Scott said. “This year I’m more (comfortable) with them.”
The Titans gave her all the support she needed in the top of the second off Rebels pitcher Devin Pieper (7 strikeouts). Scott led off with a single and later scored on a base hit by Saavedra off the glove of diving South second baseman Ashtyn Kapovich.
The gamebreaker, though, came in the fourth, courtesy of Kate Sebastian.
The Titans had Saavedra (single) on third and Mary Psaltakis (walk) on first when Sebastian put a perfect squeeze bunt down the first-base line. Saavedra scored easily, and when no one covered first on the throw the other runners moved to second and third. Lux followed with a two-run double to make it 4-0.
“Coach (Wendy Podbielniak) said to play small-ball,” Sebastian said. “When I saw that the first baseman was back, I thought down the first-base line would be the perfect spot to put it.”
The Titans added single runs in the sixth on singles by Lux and Laib and a Rebels error, and in the seventh on a double by Alex Laphen and an RBI single by Saavedra.
The Titans are off and running on the heels of a 2013 season in which they finished third in Class 3A.
“I guess we have a little swagger,” Lux said, smiling.
“More motivation,” Sebastian added. “We want to get better and do better than last year. Everybody thinks that we just had one good year, but they don’t know what we are going to do this year. There are going to be big things.”