Lady Eagles ride the roller coaster
In a 35-game softball season, almost every team can expect to experience a roller-coaster ride somewhere along the way.
It was Sandburg’s turn to hop aboard last week, as both highs and lows were included in the mix. On the plus side was an 8-3 SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue win over Homewood-Flossmoor last Wednesday, a success made possible through the batting heroics of Sarah Herold and Emily Griskell.
Both Lady Eagles peppered H-F with three hits and the duo was also responsible for half of Sandburg’s runs. Herold scored two of them herself, while Griskell drove in a pair.
Seven of the Lady Eagles’ runs were generated in two-out situations, beginning in the third inning when the locals plated four markers. A Lady Vikings error gave Sandburg some juice, and Griskell and Lauren McCaughey soon collected RBI.
Karli McLaughlin added another RBI a bit later and H-F provided further assistance with more shaky fielding, which led to two more runs.
That was more than enough scoring support for Griskell, who earned the pitching victory after throwing the first 4 1/3 innings. Herold mopped up, and the two hurlers finished the day with a combined 12 strikeouts.