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Softball: Advantageous Sandburg defeats Homewood-Flossmoor

Homewood Flossmoor shortstop OliviDau makes throw first for out as Vikings play Sandburg.| Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media

Homewood Flossmoor shortstop Olivia Dau makes the throw to first for the out as the Vikings play Sandburg.| Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: April 16, 2014 10:17PM



Give Sandburg extra outs, and the Eagles are going to make you pay.

“We definitely are going to take advantage of it,” Sandburg’s Sarah Herold said. “If they’re going to give us runs it’s like, ‘Heck yeah! We’re going to take it.’”

That was the case Wednesday as the Eagles scored seven two-out runs, all unearned, in an 8-3 win over host Homewood-Flossmoor in the teams’ SouthWest Suburban Blue opener.

Herold (2 runs) and Emily Griskell (2 RBI) each had three hits each for Sandburg (8-4).

The Eagles busted the game open in the third. In a 1-all tie, H-F and pitcher KellyAnn Rinearson seemed poised to get out of the inning quickly, but a two-out error started Sandburg’s rally.

After Katie Krzus reached on the miscue, Herold followed with a bunt single and Karli McLaughlin’s base hit loaded the bases. After another error scored two runs, Lauren McCaughey and Griskell produced consecutive RBI singles to make it 5-1.

“We had a lot of hits with two outs,” Griskell said. “When the other team thinks they’re ahead and about to end the inning, it’s good to jump on them.”

McLaughin produced a run-scoring single as the Eagles followed the third-inning outburst with three more runs in the fourth, all after two outs and aided by a pair of H-F errors.

“When you give up seven unearned runs, you’re not going to win,” H-F coach Katie Rice said. “We scored three runs, all earned, so it could have been a 3-1 win. Then offensively, we struck out 12 times. Those are two major problems.”

The Vikings (2-6) took the lead in the bottom of the first when Kayla Butler (3-for-4) singled, stole second and scored on Kasey Nemitz’s base hit.

Sandburg answered with eight unanswered runs, starting with Griskell’s game-tying double in the second.

Griskell (2-1) was solid in the circle, striking out eight in 41/3 innings while allowing two earned runs on five hits.

“I felt like the team really had my back,” she said. “When we started scoring, I felt a lot more confident pitching.”

Herold went the rest of the way, allowing a run on two hits and striking out four.

Rinearson was the hard-luck loser despite surrendering just one earned runs in three innings.

H-F added a run in the fifth on Butler’s double and Quadrea Allen singled and scored in the seventh.



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