Updated: May 14, 2014 10:27PM
The recipe for winning at No. 3 Lincoln-Way West this year has been pretty simple: A lot of good pitching combined with some timely hitting.
The Warriors cooked up another appetizing main course against Lincoln-Way North on Wednesday, capturing a 6-2 Southwest Suburban Red win. The Warriors (26-1, 11-0) remain on top in conference while the Phoenix (14-10, 9-4) were officially eliminated from the conversation.
Senior Morghan Dieringer scattered five hits, didn’t give up an earned run, walked two and struck out eight to improve to 18-1.
“We definitely still need to get better,” Lincoln-Way West coach Heather Novak said. “There are some things that showed today and we made some things tougher on ourselves.”
Novak likely was referring to her outfielders, who dropped two routine fly balls in the first two innings. The second miscue in the second inning opened the gates for the Phoenix’s only runs. After an error and a walk, Bri Cappos hit the first of two doubles to drive in Sam Pietruszynksi and Katie Lowery.
Dieringer didn’t allow a runner past second thereafter.
The Warriors answered with a pair in the second highlighted by a two-run double by Emily Ray. They added another in the third on an RBI single by Rachael Luckett, and another in the fifth, and two more insurance runs in the sixth.
“We always play with a chip on our shoulder,” Luckett said. “We know we have to keep working hard and can’t get lazy on things. We experienced a loss and we don’t want that to happen again.”
Carly Souder, Luckett, Rachel Andrade, and Kayla Seymour each had two hits for the Warriors. Souder, Anna Ryan, Seymour each had doubles, while Dani Morgan added an RBI triple in the sixth.
Alyssa Becker (3-5) suffered the loss for the Phoenix.
“We’re a run-scoring team but we don’t always carry the momentum like we should,” said Lincoln-Way North coach Aimee Lonigro, whose team lost 6-3 earlier in the year to the Phoenix. “We came out and scored a couple runs but couldn’t put any runs together after that.
“We put some pressure on their defense, which was good.”