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  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Lady RedHawks enjoy four-win week

  Marist was nearly perfect last week.
  Only a loss to Bishop McNamara spoiled an otherwise successful week for the Lady RedHawks, who also defeated the Lady Fightin’ Irish while recording wins over Lockport and New Trier as well. The latter was swept in a Saturday doubleheader.
  The week opened with a wild 15-12 victory over Bishop Mac. Spearheading Marist’s potent offense were Madison Naujokas and Brooke Wyderski, who combined to go 7-for-8 with seven RBI and six runs scored. Naujokas included a pair of homers among her five hits, while Wyderski went deep once.
  Wyderski slammed her 10th homer of the year on Thursday and also belted a pair of doubles, which lifted the Lady RedHawks to a 5-1 triumph over the Lady Porters. Also aiding Marist’s cause were Vanessa Villasenor (two hits), Brooke Wilson (RBI triple, one run) and pitcher Zariya Gonzalez, who fired a four-hitter to enable Marist bounce back from Tuesday’s 6-2 loss to Bishop Mac.
  Wyderski was an unstoppable force versus New Trier as she was retired just once in seven at-bats. Four of her six hits went for extra bases — two homers and two doubles — and she ended the day with eight RBI and five runs.
  With Wyderski leading the way, the Lady RedHawks (20-7-1) beat the Lady Trevians 4-2 and 10-7. Villasenor knocked in the tiebreaking run in Game 1 with her eighth-inning single.

RICHARDS

  A fourth consecutive South Suburban Conference Red title came the Lady Bulldogs’ way after they edged Shepard 7-6 last Tuesday.
  Pitcher Sarah Kiziak improved her ledger to 13-4 by striking out seven and choking off would-be rallies in the fifth and seventh innings. She forced the Lady Astros to leave the bases loaded in the fifth and then ended the game with two strikeouts, which stranded the tying run.
  Kiziak also drove in a pair of runs for Richards (17-6, 14-2), as did Jordan Battels and Sara Tobin (triple). Emily Wetzel had one RBI and Molly Pohrebny finished with three hits.
  Pacing Shepard’s offense were Breanna Graffeo and Jalyn Stepney, both of whom socked homers. Graffeo’s round-tripper was at the heart of a three-run outburst in the second stanza that also included input from Alyssa DeChene (RBI single) and Bryanna Cross (sacrifice fly).
  Stepney unloaded her homer in the fourth to give the Lady Astros (17-8) a 4-2 edge, and Jenna Huisenga, Melissa Kelly and Graffeo (double) all supplied hits during Shepard’s two-run rally in the seventh.

SHEPARD
  The Lady Astros recovered from their tough loss to Richards quickly enough to dole out a 10-0 SSC Red defeat to Reavis on Wednesday. Huisenga’s two-RBI single was a key element in Shepard’s tide-turning six-run explosion in the third inning.
  Also part of the scoring were an RBI double from Stepney (3-for-3, two RBI), a run-producing hit by Sarah Wedster (2-for-3, two RBI), Stephanie Brand’s steal of home and a passed ball.
  Kelly tossed a two-hitter en route to garnering the pitching victory.
  Evergreen Park saddled the Lady Astros with another gut-wrenching loss on Saturday. Jenna Haase’s 4-for-5 performance that featured a homer and four RBI was the main ingredient in the Lady Mustangs’ 7-6 triumph, but winning hurler Megan Pyles did her part, too. Her offensive contributions included two doubles and three hits in all.
  Evergreen (18-12, 10-9) dropped an 8-7 verdict to Reavis last Tuesday.

OAK LAWN
  The Lady Spartans sandwiched a 13-0 rout of Eisenhower in between a pair of losses last week.
  Reily McTeague homered, Liz Childers knocked in three runs, and pitcher Mia Loya allowed one hit while fanning 10 over six innings in Oak Lawn’s SSC Red romp past the Lady Cardinals on Tuesday. That win came on the heels of a 13-3 setback against Beecher, which silenced every Lady Spartans batter except Marisa Loya, who registered all three of Oak Lawn’s RBI.
  Morgan Josza went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI against the Lady Bengals on Wednesday, but her exploits — plus those of fellow RBI people Marisa Loya, Mia Loya, McTeague and Hayden Landingham — weren’t enough to save the Lady Spartans (13-15, 8-9). Instead, Oak Lawn fell short by a 7-6 count.

QUEEN OF PEACE
  The Pride triumphed twice on Saturday at the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference Red Tournament. Queen of Peace rolled over Gordon Tech (15-4) and St. Francis de Sales (16-5).
  The Pride erupted for 11 first-inning runs versus the Lady Rams and never wavered. Headlining for Peace were Jasmine Escobedo (3-for-4, two RBI, one run) and Caitlin Fitzgerald (2-for-4, four RBI, two runs).
  Both players were at it again opposite the Lady Pioneers, who were burned for a combined five hits by the duo. Fitzgerald had three of them, while Escobedo recorded three RBI and tallied three times herself.
  Emily Janozik (two hits, three runs), Magdaline Bennett (two hits, three RBI) and Isabelle Ogden (three RBI) were other Pride notables.
SANDBURG
  Emily Driskell and Sarah Herold both homered and knocked in two runs, as the Lady Eagles cruised past Joliet Central 12-1 in a SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue contest last Wednesday.
  Madline Hanley (two hits, two RBI, one run) was the driving force for Sandburg (17-11, 8-4) in its 5-3 conquest of Stagg on Thursday. Emily Abbene chased in two of the Lady Chargers’ runs.
  Stagg (2-15, 1-10) also absorbed SWSC Blue losses against Homewood-Flossmoor (1-0) and Lincoln-Way East (13-3) last week.

MOTHER MCAULEY
  Behind three RBI triples from Alex Brown and pitcher Jessica Alberts’ complete game, the Mighty Macs beat Regina 8-1 last Tuesday at the GCAC Red Tournament. Alberts threw a two-hitter and struck out six.
  Morgan Fleming (two hits) and Kelly O’Donnell each contributed two runs and an RBI for Mother McAuley.

MT. ASSISI
  The Screeching Eagles dropped a 10-0 decision to Trinity last Tuesday at the GCAC Red Tournament. Amber Anderson, Terri Dearth and Abby Malloy all posted one hit for Mt. Assisi (7-15).
  On Saturday, the Eagles lost 7-5 in the morning before rebounding to post an 11-10 victory over De La Salle in the afternoon.