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Softball: Marist nicks McAuley 3-2 in 10 innings

Updated: May 7, 2014 10:54PM



Not that she blamed her, but Marist’s Brooke Wilson came to the plate with a little bit of an attitude when she faced Mother McAuley’s Holly Marousek leading off the top of the 10th in Wednesday’s annual Battle of Mount Greenwood.

“She jammed me in my first three at-bats and I just wanted to come back and hit one,” Wilson said. “I was feeling it.”

She got all of a fastball and sent it rocketing to the fence in center. It was good for a double, and led to the visiting RedHawks breaking the tie and posting a 3-2 victory.

It was one of the better neighborhood battles in the series, with McAuley (14-4) rallying from an early 1-0 deficit to go in front 2-1, only to have Marist (15-6-1) force extra innings with a run in the top of the seventh.

“This is like our World Series,” a smiling Wilson said. “We live for this game.”

Marist’s Zariya Gonzalez won out in an excellent pitchers’ duel, allowing seven hits while striking out three.

“In the beginning I was struggling to get my pitches up,” Gonzalez said. “But toward the end, when I knew I had to buckle down, I just pitched my butt off.”

Marist stuck first in the first. Madison Naujokas led off with single and later scored on an RBI groundout by Wilson.

McAuley drew even in the third when Elizabeth Nye bunted for a single and came in on a sacrifice fly by Emily Rux. The Mighty Macs went in front in the fourth on doubles by Morgan Fleming and Mady Ruppert.

Marousek, meanwhile, was cruising through six innings, allowing just four hits. She made a couple of costly mistakes in the seventh, however. She hit Hayley Franks with a pitch, then after Naujokas reached on an error, a wild pitch pushed the runners to second and third. Brooke Wyderski launched a sky-high sacrifice fly to left field to tie it at 2.

The game-breaker came in the 10th. After Wilson doubled and was sacrificed to third by Bella Wilkinson, Gonzalez hit a roller to shortstop Amy Balich. Balich made the play and fired a throw to the plate, but catcher Alex Brown was unable to hold on to the ball.

“I knew the shortstop was playing deep,” Wilson said. “She was the only deep infielder, so I went for it. I did a slide by so (Brown) would have to catch it and then tag me.”

McAuley caught a breath of life with two outs in the bottom of the 10th when Balich doubled to the fence in center. Dara Sanders followed by hitting a sharp grounder to the hole. Wyderski went to her knees and secured the ball, then got up and fired a strike to Franks at first to end the game.



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