Softball: Bolingbrook blanks Plainfield SouthPlainfield South's pitcher #8 Alex Cichy vs Bolingbrook held at home and South lost 1-0 on Friday, March 23, 2012. | Larry Kane~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 23, 2012 8:35PM
Two batters into Bolingbrook’s road game at Plainfield South and the visiting Raiders already had a run.
Little did both teams know it would be the only one of the game.
Bolingbrook pitcher Megan Lotarski scattered three hits and right fielder Amanda Cooper caught a sinking line drive for the final out of the game with runners on second and third to preserve a 1-0 victory Friday.
“Even though we had some errors, that play right there by Amanda Cooper saved us,” Bolingbrook coach Jean Ryan-Moak said.
Angelina Vargas led off the bottom of the seventh with a double. Jordan Harbacek followed with a bunt single and just like that, the host Cougars (2-1) were in business.
Both were lifted for pinch runners. Samantha Alonzo took second base on the first pitch to the next batter to put runners on second and third with nobody out.
“With a freshman pitcher on the mound today, our hearts were racing,” Ryan-Moak said of the pressure-packed bottom of the seventh. “Second and third, no outs and she did a nice job. She kept her cool, was confident and she knew our defense was behind her.”
Lotarski got the next two batters on a strikeout on a failed bunt attempt and pop up to third on another bunt, setting the stage for Cooper’s catch in right.
“We stayed in it, stayed focused and that’s what we’ve been practicing,” Ryan-Moak said.
Nikki Wood (2-for-3, two doubles, run) opened the game with a double and Codi Johnson followed with a long flyball to left. When Plainfield South’s left fielder fell down, Wood scored and Johnson ended up on second. That was all the Raiders (1-2) and Lotarski needed.
Two of the Cougars’ three hits came in the seventh. South left eight runners on base.
“We did not bring our bats today,” South coach Tara Singler said. “We just need to start hitting. When we get some offense, we’re fine. We had some opportunities, we just didn’t capitalize.”