Softball: Lemont overruns T.F. South
By Tony Baranek firstname.lastname@example.org April 26, 2012 10:12PM
Lemont shortstop Rylie Jay makes a forceout at second base vs. T.F. South. | Allen Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 28, 2012 9:13AM
No. 6 Lemont took out a little frustration and possibly sent a message in Thursday’s 19-3 South Suburban Blue victory over host T.F. South.
The frustration? The Indians dropped a key conference game Tuesday to Oak Forest and weren’t happy about it.
The message? Well …
“If we hit like this against them the next time we play, they should be scared,” catcher Lauren May said.
May was 3-for-5, including a towering two-run home run over the fence in dead center. Rylie Jay was 4-for-4 and also went deep, while Lisa Jaworski had three singles, Brianna Olkiewiez two singles and a double and Carli Kavanagh a double and a triple.
Lauren Young pitched all five innings, allowing three hits, as Lemont improved to 16-5, 12-2.
Cori Reynolds drove in two runs for T.F. South (7-14, 6-9).
The rematch was a lot different than their first meeting, when Lemont broke a late tie to win 8-3.
This time the Indians struck early and often against Rebels starter Courtney Stone. Kavanagh’s triple keyed a three-run first inning, while Olkiewiez and May had two hits each in a seven-run second. May and Jay both homered during an eight-run third.
Along with 22 hits, the Indians benefited from seven T.F. South errors.
“We just came out with a strong head and mind and brushed that (loss to Oak Forest) away,” May said. “I’ve been practicing a lot on hitting, and it’s starting to pay off.”
The game saw T.F. South’s Ashtyn Kapovich pitch for the first time since suffering a knee injury two weeks ago. Kapovich started at short, but threw the fourth and fifth innings, allowing just one run on three hits.
“Ashtyn, from the get, has been trying to get back on the field,” Rebels coach Jamie Arundel said. “We’ve been taking it one day at a time, not trying to rush her.
“Our whole game plan was playing our strongest defense behind Courtney,” Arundel said. “Unfortunately, it didn’t work out at all. Hats off to Lemont, but you can’t give up seven errors in a game.”