Softball: Lane topples Young, captures sixth consecutive Public League title
Updated: May 19, 2012 5:35PM
When a team has won five straight Public League softball titles and 12 of the last 14, one bad inning isn’t going to discourage it. Lane shook off a bad inning Saturday and roared back to defeat Young 12-3 in the Public League final at UIC.
After giving up two runs in the first three innings, Young got on the board with three runs in the top of the fourth.
“It’s deflating, you just feel really bad, (to give up multiple runs in an inning),’’ Lane infielder Desiree Velazquez said. “But this team is like a family. We regroup and know what we need to do to come back and get what we need to get to win.’’
The Dolphins (14-16) were able to score their runs on only two hits in the inning. Stephanie Schreiber’s double scored the Dolphins’ first run when she brought in Maddie DiVittorio, who reached on an error. Schreiber scored on an errant stolen base throw two batters later and Sam Kraus brought in Zoe Nykaza on a groundout to give Young a 3-2 lead.
But Lane wasn’t about to go down quietly. The Indians used four hits, a fielder’s choice and an error to score four runs in the bottom of the fourth. Hailey Pieruccini’s single that brought in two runners was the big blow in the inning.
As potent as Lane’s offense was, its pitching was just as good. After the fourth inning, starter Kaleigh Ambrose retired the next seven batters she faced before Miranda Delgado snapped a single to ruin the streak. Ambrose finished with five strikeouts and gave up three hits.
Lane tacked on six more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Three of the runs came on an error, Madi Maldonado had two RBI and Emily Esponosa added an RBI on a suicide squeeze to account for the scoring.
“The best part is having the different kids getting a chance to win a city championship,’’ Lane coach George Stavrakas said. “City titles are great but we would love to win a regional and look further into the playoffs.’’
“We have a chance to go Downstate this year,’’ Velazquez said. “People aren’t really talking a lot about us, but that’s exactly how we want it.’’