Softball: Abby Ramirez, Trinity rally to beat Leyden
Updated: June 2, 2012 5:50PM
The last person Leyden pitcher Morgan Maize wanted to face with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth and the score tied was Trinity shortstop Abby Ramirez. She is already a threat under normal conditions, but at this point of the game she was batting with a chip on her shoulder.
In the top of the fourth the Michigan-bound junior had committed a throwing error that should have ended the inning. The Eagles responded with three runs to take a three-run lead at the time.
Ramirez responded in her next at bat with an RBI double, and put an exclamation point on her day with a bases loaded single in that sixth to give her team the lead for good and an eventual 12-6 win in the Class 4A Trinity sectional final at Triton College.
“The inning before I messed up and I had to pick myself and the team up,” Ramirez said. “I wanted to help (pitcher) Chase (Machain) and make it easier for her.”
For the second time in three years the Blazers (30-7) advance to the supersectional. They’ll meet Marist in the second game of the Rosemont supersectional at Chicago Bandits Stadium.
Sun-Times preseason No. 1 Leyden ends a season of high-expectations at 29-8. It was a bittersweet post game press conference from coach Kurt Schuett, who wasn’t pleased with a fourth inning beaming in the ribs of his star pitcher, DePaul-bound Morgan Maize, who had homered her previous at bat.
“That was the game,” insisted Schuett. “The very next inning she didn’t have command of her pitches and wasn’t throwing with any authority. If you don’t want her to hit off you, put her on first base with an intentional walk.
“It was way too convenient. Chase doesn’t hit people, she has great command. When you have a base open with a girl who just beat you the last at bat with a two-run shot, you don’t hit her. Morgan has an open stance and does not stand on top of the plate.”
Eagles coach Bob Osborne got an earful from Schuett immediately after it happened and for a few innings afterward.
“We are a Catholic school and we would never intentionally do that,” Osborne said. “She hit an outside pitch out of the park last time and we were trying to work her inside.”
Ramirez finished the day 4-for-5 with three runs scored and the same number of RBI. Blazers senior Taylor Lang hit a two-run homer in the second to give her team a 3-0 lead.
The Eagles put up three in the third and four in the fourth, capped by the two-run homer by Maize, her seventh of the season, to take over the lead 6-3. The Blazers responded with three in the bottom of the fourth and five in the bottom of the fifth to take over the game.
Michela Williams had an RBI double in the fourth for the Blazers, while Alyssa Marfue added a triple. Nicole Evans had an RBI single in that fourth.
April Markowski was 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Eagles, while Jen Hall added a three-run triple in the fourth.
“It stinks that (I got hit) and it effected my pitching the rest of the game,” said Maize, who combined with her senior teammates to win 103 games in four years. “I think we proved ourselves and we had team chemistry and put Leyden on the map.