Softball: Nika May, Zion-Benton cruise past LakesZion's Cindy Garces gets a hit and a run batted in with this swing. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 5, 2012 9:54PM
Nika May pitched a complete game, and hit the game-clinching three-run double as Zion-Benton thumped host Lakes 11-3 on Thursday.
May’s hit highlighted a four-run seventh for the Zee-Bees (5-2). Lakes dropped to 4-3.
May fanned eight while in the circle, and was 3-for-5 with three RBIs at the plate.
“Nika’s very talented both on the mound and at-bat,” Z-B coach Rick Rymer said. “She’s really hitting the ball well right now.”
May hit leadoff for Zion, and the Bees’ Nos. 2-3 hitters also had big games.
Leiana Moragne scored four runs and had two RBI from the two-hole, and Sydney Ruotsi was 3-for-5 with four RBI in the three spot.
“This was a big win for us,” said Rymer. “We’re starting to play well and the kids’ bats are starting to come along.
Zion’s runs per inning were 1-0-1-3-0-2-4.
On the other side of the field, Lakes coach Bill Hamill has now seen his team get pounded in back-to-back outings (17-2 loss to Barrington on Wednesday).
“I thought we started out great with [pitcher Taylor] Dishinger hitting a two-run double [in the second], but our defense was our downfall today,” the coach said.
Lakes had a half-dozen miscues in the field. “We need to regroup and get back at it.”
Kaela Bryant was 2-for-3 with two runs scored for Lakes, Dishinger was 1-for-3 with two RBI, and Sara Braden was 2-for-4.
Dishinger went the distance, and six of Zion’s 11 runs were unearned because of Eagle errors.
Zion-Benton will return to action on Monday afternoon, facing Lake Forest in its North Suburban Conference Lake Division opener.