Softball: Lincoln-Way West blanks Peotone
By Bill Harrison For Sun-Times Media April 18, 2014 10:33PM
Updated: April 19, 2014 4:39PM
All Lincoln-Way West pitcher Morghan Dieringer and Peotone ace Emily Carstens needed was a little offensive help Friday night in New Lenox.
Through four innings, Dieringer and Carstens were putting on a pitching clinic in a scoreless game. In the fifth, Dieringer got the offensive help she needed and did the rest from the circle in leading her team to a 3-0 win.
Dieringer (9-1) struck out 10, walked none and allowed just two hits, both of them coming in the first inning.
“We know we had to come out here strong and we wanted to make a statement, which I think we did,” Dieringer said. “We were putting the ball in play, and I knew we would eventually break through. Once we did I knew we had to put it away.”
Kayla Seymour started things in the fifth for the Warriors (12-1) with a single to center. Dani Morgan reached on a fielder’s choice to the shortstop, who couldn’t throw out the speedy Seymour at second. After a sacrifice by Carly Souder, Amanda Ruskowsky was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
On that play, it appeared the ball hit the knob of Ruskowsky’s bat. After Peotone coach Andy Zwolinski asked for help on the play, the ruling stood.
On Rachael Luckett’s grounder to second, Seymour beat the throw home for the game’s first run. Anna Ryan followed with a single to score Morgan, and Ruskowsky made it 3-0 after scoring on a wild pitch.
Dieringer retired 17 in a row until Ruskowsky lost a ball in the lights on a popup hit by Carley Maupin to start the seventh inning. Dieringer didn’t flinch, retiring the next three.
“We are confident with Morghan on the mound. We knew it was going to be a battle the entire game,” West coach Heather Novak said. “We knew they had two very good pitchers.”
Carstens (6-3) and Alexis Dockins had the only two hits for the Blue Devils (8-3).
“It was a lot closer than a 3-0 game,” Zwolinksi said. “(Morghan) is a great pitcher and has a great riseball. We got down on counts and it was tough to put things together (offensively) when you are battling behind the count.”