Softball: Trinity shuts out Elmwood Park
Updated: May 22, 2012 5:40PM
Some aggressive base running, timely hitting, and solid pitching helped Trinity get past Elmwood Park 4-0 on Thursday afternoon in Elmwood Park.
Junior Chase Machain pitched the full seven innings, allowing just three hits and facing two over the minimum while striking out seven for the win.
“During warm-ups I felt really good, and I tried to keep them off-balance,” Machain said. “We played some really great defense and made some big clutch plays to hold the runners when they did have some.”
Trinity (27-7) opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the top of the third off Elmwood Park starter Gabby Uvelli. Taylor Lang led off with a double to right-center field advancing to third on Abby Ramirez’s single. Ramirez stole second and before advancing to third on Ashley Klauss’ sacrifice fly to center that scored Lang on a close play. Ramirez scored on Nicole Evans’ grounder to third, scampering home on the throw across the diamond.
Michela Williams, of Elmwood Park, twice came up big with two-out hits for the Blazers. She doubled home Gabby Smart from first base in the top of the fourth before adding an insurance run in the sixth with a bouncer up the middle that plated Monica Garcia.
“I play (travel softball) with more than 50 percent of those girls, so I knew I had to do something in that situation,” Williams said. “It feels good to do something to help the team.”
The Tigers (15-15) couldn’t muster much offensively going down in order in the first, second, and seventh innings, but stayed with the Blazers throughout with good pitching by Uvelli (4 innings) and Katelyn Jakobsen (3 innings) and some solid defense behind them.
“It’s been our story all year when we face top quality pitching,” said Elmwood Park head coach Brad Reynard. “We didn’t put our best swings on the ball, and when we did, they made great plays.”