Softball: Tinley Park blanks T.F. South
By Tony Baranek firstname.lastname@example.org May 6, 2014 7:34PM
Updated: May 6, 2014 9:41PM
Tinley Park pitcher Annalisse Scott has been a total mystery to T.F. South’s hitters this season.
The secret to her success?
“I think it’s because I mix up my pitches a lot,” she said. “I’m not predictable. I don’t throw the same ball. I mix them up as much as I can, get them off balance.”
Scott had T.F. South all mixed up Tuesday, firing a three-hitter while striking out nine as the host Titans prevailed 5-0 in the South Suburban Blue.
Megan Laib smashed a solo home run while Lexxie Lux went 2-for-3 for Tinley Park (13-4, 11-2). Tiambris Tate, Sarah Kessler and Sydney Harrison all a hit each for T.F. South (13-5, 8-4).
Scott, much as she was in a two-hit shutout April 11 against the Rebels, consistently threw first-pitch strikes. Of her nine strikeouts, four were achieved on called thirds. On two of them she froze Rebels hitters with a wicked changeup.
She looked as if she felt in command.
“I did,” Scott said with a smile. “I have a great team behind me that supports me. So I feel comfortable throwing wherever, knowing that they’ll back me up.”
They backed her up with their bats.
Tinley jumped all over T.F. South hurler Devin Pieper in the bottom of the first. Lux led off with a single, Mark Psaltakis coaxed a walk, Sam Alberto and Scott went back-to-back with singles and Laib hit a sacrifice fly.
That flurry was good for three runs. The Titans added single runs in the second and third on a sacrifice fly by Sam Alberto and a towering blast by Laib that easily cleared the center-field fence.
“It’s important (to attack),” Laib said. “We wanted to score early and get ahead. On my home run I just trusted my hands and I just hit the ball.”
Pieper eventually found her command and retired 11 of the last 12 Titans hitters, but the Rebels were unable to do any rallying against Scott.
In 14 innings over two games against the Rebels, Scott finished with 22 strikeouts, allowed just five hits and didn’t allow a runner past second base.
“They could have scored one or a hundred (Tuesday). We didn’t get anyone past second,” T.F. South coach Jamie Arundel said. “Scott did a great job. She kept us off balance. She went in, she went out. There were a lot of our girls who got up there and unfortunately let one, two strikes go by. Then she played with us.
“They didn’t even need eight other girls out there. All they needed was her.”