Softball: Marist tops Sandburg in 9 inningsMarist's Haly Richy (16) bats against Sandburg, at the IHSA class 3A softball sectional semifinal between Sandburg and Marist. | Paul James Bergstrom ~ For Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 1, 2012 10:42PM
Marist’s Maggie Gorman thought she hit a ninth-inning walk-off grand slam in Friday’s Class 4A sectional semifinal against Sandburg, only to have first-base coach Colleen Biebel give her the news that it went foul.
She had no problem seeing what her next swing produced.
Gorman’s smash to the right side went through, scoring Brooke Wyderski with the game-winner as the No. 3 RedHawks prevailed 6-5 to advance to Saturday’s sectional final against Mother McAuley.
Wyderski was 3-for-4 with an RBI triple, a two-run homer and the leadoff single that led to the decisive run for Marist (23-13).
Ellie Forkin had three hits and Sarah Herold slammed a three-run homer for Sandburg (21-16).
Marist led 3-0 through five innings behind pitcher Kristin Klutcharch. The RedHawks scored once in the first when Nicole Babrowski singled and later scored on an error, and twice more in the fourth on an RBI triple by Wyderski and a suicide-squeeze bunt by Kaitlin Kenny.
With one out in the top of the sixth, Sandburg sprang to life. Consecutive singles by Karissa Kouchis, Candice Koch, Forkin and Karli McLaughlin were followed by Herold’s three-run blast that lifted the Eagles to a 5-3 advantage.
Marist struck back in the bottom of the inning against Sandburg pitcher Amanda Barna. Brooke Wilson led off with a single, and was on second with two outs when Wyderski attacked a 3-and-0 offering and hit a sharp liner over the fence in left for her 10th homer.
“Just looking for my pitch,” Wyderski said. “I knew it was a 3-0 count and I was just waiting for the perfect pitch. I thought it was a good one, so I swung.”
Sandburg stranded five runners from the seventh through ninth innings. The RedHawks wouldn’t waste their opportunity in the ninth. Wyderski singled, went to second when Kenny bunted and nobody covered first base, and to third on a single by Lauren Holt before Gorman struck for the game-winner.
“I was just relaxed. I just wanted to put the ball in play,” Gorman said. “I knew if I didn’t do something, one of my teammates would do something.”