Softball: Maine West hitters assault Glenbrook North pitching
Updated: June 1, 2012 9:16PM
Maine West used a barrage of singles, three Spartan errors and one double to score six runs and turned a tight game into an eventual 10-4 victory in Friday’s Niles West sectional semifinal.
“We were confident,” said Maine West No. 9 hitter Gina Larucci, who hit a double to drive in the go-ahead run in the sixth. “We knew that we had to come back and we had to pull together. They scored a couple runs and we needed to get them back. We came together and we did it as a team.”
Glenbrook North third baseman Courtney Chron retired Maine West’s final two batters in the top of the fifth inning.
After the Spartans capitalized on three Maine West errors to tie the game at 3-3 in the following half inning, Chron retired Hanna Udischas to begin the top of the sixth. Chron ran her streak of consecutive putouts to four by recording the next out, but, unfortunately for Glenbrook North, it was Udischas who made the sixth inning’s second out.
The Warriors (25-10), who will play New Trier at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Niles West Sectional final.
Their top of the order hurt Glenbrook North (26-7) throughout the game.
Holly Wengerski, Angela Cruz, Abbey Herling and Katie Fitzgerald — Maine West’s top four hitters in the order — all recorded at least three hits against Glenbrook North’s pitchers. Cruz had four hits, and was driven in by Fitzgerald (3 hits, 5 RBIs on three different occasions.
“I think we were (confident going into the sixth inning) because we saw that it was 3-3 and we know that we’re capable of coming back in close games like that,” Chron said. “I guess we just didn’t have it.”