Softball: Sandburg blanks Mother McAuley
By Tony Baranek email@example.com June 4, 2014 7:32PM
Sarah Herold, of Sandburg, pitches a two hit shut out against Mother McAuley for the Reavis Sectional semifinals, Wednesday, June 5th, 2014, in Burbank. | Gary Middendorf/for Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 6, 2014 9:59AM
Many a batter has been hexed by Sarah Herold’s tricky screwball.
The Sandburg left-hander brought more than that with her, however, to Wednesday’s Class 4A Reavis Sectional semifinal against Mother McAuley.
Call it “Sarah’s Brew” that made the Mighty Macs come up empty in a 3-0 Sandburg victory.
“I definitely mixed up my pitches a lot more than I normally do,” Herold said. “With certain teams I can get away with just my screwball. They can’t touch it. (Wednesday) I felt, ‘We need to bring it in when we need to bring it in, and then change it up with a changeup.’
“A changeup is one of those pitches nowadays you need. You give them a change of speed and it just throws the hitters off.”
Herold allowed just three baserunners, none of whom advanced past first base. She had four strikeouts.
Karli McLaughlin had three hits, Kristen Zarate two and Maddie Hanley and Brooke Heimerl one each in key situations as Sandburg (21-15) advanced to Saturday’s sectional final against Marist (29-8-1).
The Eagles on offense were in threatening mode almost the whole way, but McAuley freshman Holly Marousek was able to wriggle out of two-on situations in both the second and third innings to preserve a scoreless tie.
McLaughlin opened the fourth for Sandburg with a base hit, and courtesy runner Emily Griskell moved to second when Zarate bunted for a single. After a sacrifice bunt by Cierra Adamus, Marousek recorded her seventh strikeout.
Ninth in the order, Heimerl was next and delivered an RBI single as Sandburg finally broke through.
“I was really nervous at first, but I love outside pitches and when I saw one I just went with it,” Heimerl said. “When I saw it go through I was real excited about that.”
Sandburg went up 2-0 in the fifth when Krzus drew a one-out walk and went all the way around on a booming double by Hanley. Hanley scored when McLaughlin reached on an outfield error.
At that point, it was pretty much lights out for McAuley (23-5), which had just one baserunner over the final three innings.
“Like I told (the players) it doesn’t matter if they have one run or 75, if you have a goose egg on your side it doesn’t really matter,” Macs coach Colleen Kilduff said. “We hit for the last three days, we knew what (Herold) was going to throw, but we haven’t seen a lefty pitcher all year.
“Maybe that was it, I don’t know. It just wasn’t our day.”