Softball: Elmwood Park’s big inning puts away Ridgewood

Updated: June 2, 2012 7:24PM

A six-run bottom of the sixth inning took a tight game into a comfortable looking 10-3 win for Elmwood Park over Ridgewood in the Class 3A Glenbard South Sectional final on Saturday in Bensenville. Third baseman Morgan Schlanger went 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBI’s that came on a two-out single in the bottom of the first that gave the Tigers an early 3-0 lead. They advance to play another conference rival in Glenbard South in a rematch of last year’s Super-sectional game at Judson University in Elgin.

“The pitch was right down the middle,” Schlanger said. “(The atmosphere) was really intense. You can’t overlook anyone, and in the end we did what we had to and pulled through.”

Nicole DiGiovanni started for Elmwood Park (19-15) and earned the win lasting into the sixth inning before Gabby Uvelli finished the final two frames. DiGiovanni allowed three runs on three hits and four walks while striking out six in her five-plus innings before Uvelli ended any further Ridgewood threat striking out four Rebels.

Catherine Conte was 2-for-3 with an RBI, walk, and run scored while shortstop Becky Gruber went 3-for-3 with a pair of triples, an RBI, and two runs scored for the Tigers.

“I’m excited because we’re so young this year, and I think we have a really good chance,” Conte said about the supersectional. “Last year was very close, and we just took one step at a time, so I’m really excited about it.”

First baseman Crissie Laskero was clutch for Ridgewood (10-16) driving in all three of the Rebels’ runs. The senior cut the Tigers’ lead to 3-2 when she smacked a single past a diving Gruber at short in the top of the third to score Kayla Hildalgo and Megan Kaufman. Laskero responded again to an Elmwood Park score when she singled home Annie Patel, who tripled to lead off the sixth, and brought about the Tigers’ pitching change.

“I was thinking nothing,” said Laskero about her approach at the plate. “I had a clear and empty mind and just wanted to get the ball in play.”

Katie Richardson threw all six innings striking out five for the Rebels while walking five and surrendering 13 hits, seven of which came in the last inning and were exacerbated by defensive miscues.

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