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Softball: Lincoln-Way East tops Sandburg

Lincoln-Way East's DevMorgan makes throw first base for force out. | Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media

Lincoln-Way East's Devon Morgan makes a throw to first base for the force out. | Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: June 14, 2014 6:28AM



During the first meeting, Lincoln-Way East’s batters spent a lot of time getting burned on outside-corner pitches that earned Sandburg’s Sarah Herold 13 strikeouts and a 3-1 victory.

The Griffins’ approach to Monday’s rematch in Frankfort? Recognize and correct.

“We knew she’d be coming outside, so we were on the plate,” Nicole O’Donnell said. “I think she thought she was going to get us again.”

Herold sparkled for three innings, but the Griffins chased her in the fourth in an offensive explosion that led to an 8-4 SouthWest Suburban Blue win.

O’Donnell struck the mightiest blow, a grand slam that erased a 1-0 deficit. Blake Ruiz, Ashley Hesse, Jenny Van Geertry and Taylor Szostak all added two hits for East (17-7, 5-4). Kristen Zarate and Katie Krzus were both 2-for-3 for Sandburg (15-12, 6-4).

For three innings, a pitchers’ duel raged between Herold and East starter Nikole Van Gennep. Van Gennep struck out the side in the top of the first, while Herold fanned two of three in the bottom.

Each had allowed one hit entering the fourth, when Sandburg struck via a single by Krzus, a sacrifice by Karli McLaughlin and an RBI single by Zarate.

That was nothing, however, compared with a seven-run fourth for East that featured O’Donnell’s slam, two singles by Szostak and eight hits in all.

“I guess the spark just goes off,” Ruiz said. “After one person does something, everyone else rallies off of that person.”

Ruiz doubled to start the bottom of the fifth and was forced in on a walk to make it 8-1

Sandburg knocked out Van Gennep (8 strikeouts) in the sixth as McLaughlin, Emily Griskell and Caroline Kuzel all had RBI singles. Sarah Esposito shut the door thereafter for East.



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