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Softball: Tinley Park shuts down Oak Forest

Updated: May 8, 2014 9:53PM



Tinley Park pitcher Annalisse Scott put herself on the softball map when she was 10 years old and playing on the Crete Crush travel team. She was the No. 1 pitcher and led that team to more than 70 wins.

Now, as the No. 1 pitcher for the Titans, she quickly has launched herself into pitching elite, showing off that talent again Thursday when she led the Titans to a 6-0 South Suburban Blue win over Oak Forest.

Scott recorded her seventh shutout of the season (and second in a row) in improving to 12-3. She gave up six hits, four in the last two innings and two off the bat of Kylie Powers. Another came from former Crush teammate and Bengals leadoff hitter Taylor Ahlgrim.

“Oh, of course,” Scott said with a laugh when asked if she felt as if she were on the Crush again. “I just make sure I hit my spots but I know my fielders have my back when I miss. We’ve had some tough losses, so I knew we had to come back strong.”

The Titans (14-4, 12-2) are in a tie for first place in the conference with the Bengals (17-6, 10-2) in losses but lead by a game. The two meet again Saturday for a game that could decide the conference title, but with the parity seen this season it may turn into an afterthought.

Scott the best in the conference?

“I would say it’s between her and the T.F. South pitcher (Devin Pieper) who have kept us off balance the most,” Oak Forest coach Katy Dammer said. “Each day you don’t know who will beat who. The upsets have been amazing. It’s been a great ride and we’re going into the second half of it.”

Megan Laub gave the Titans a 3-0 lead in the first inning when she hit a three-run home run off the foul poll in left. It was Laub’s second home run in as many games.

The scored remained the same until the fifth, when Sam Alberto (2 runs) hit her third homer of the year, a two-run drive to left.

A double steal by Lexxi Lux and Lauren Buckwalter was perfectly executed after the throw back to pitcher Caitlyn Aardema tipped off her glove. Buckwalter broke immediately and scored easily for the final run.

“She’s doing an amazing job and we get two more years of her,” Tinley Park coach Wendy Podbielniak said of Scott. “We had some shaky games with defense but we’re clicking now at the right time, and Scott has been lights-outs.”



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