Lady Eagles feeling super after winning sectional over Marist
Against a high-powered offense like Marist’s, Sandburg knew it needed a combination of strong pitching, stout defense and just enough hitting to slow the Lady RedHawks in the Class 4A Reavis Sectional final.
The Lady Eagles hit the trifecta on Saturday in Burbank. Sarah Herold tossed a five-hitter over five-plus innings, she was backed by solid glove work, and Karli McLaughlin’s one-out single provided the deciding margin in a 2-1 outcome.
Sandburg’s triumph placed it in this past Monday’s North Central College Supersectional versus Naperville Central.
The result also concluded the coaching career of Denise Bromberek at Marist. She is relocating out of state with her family after spending 12 years in charge of the Lady RedHawks’ varsity program.
Emily Griskell had the Lady Eagles’ other RBI and also relieved Herold, who struck out five, in the sixth to earn a save. Griskell allowed just one baserunner while registering the game’s final four outs.
“They did awesome in the circle,” McLaughlin said of her two teammates. “Both of them hit their spots very well. Emily did a great job [after] coming in and Sarah did a great job holding them throughout.”
Marist (29-9-1) came into the contest averaging eight runs per game in three postseason outings, but it didn’t tally here until the sixth. The Lady RedHawks managed more than one hit in only one stanza.