St. John, IN – The much-anticipated battle of the top teams in Indiana and Illinois took place Monday afternoon at Lake Central High School. The matchup did not disappoint as the Marist Redhawks and the Lake Central Indians fought back and forth all game long.
Marist started the game off with a single from Easton Lotus; she would then steal second a few pitches later. Kali Case would single to put runners at the corners with no outs. Case would then swipe second putting two runners in scoring position. The Redhawks would score the first run of the game on a wild pitch. Lake Central’s pitcher Peyton Pepkowski would get out of the inning only surrendering the one run.
The Redhawks would strike again in the top of the third inning. Madison Garofalo led things off with a single to left. With two outs, Angela Zedak came up clutch driving a triple to center field making the score 2-0.
Lake Central would look to answer in the bottom half of the third. Alexis Johnson walked to start the inning, followed by a bunt base hit from Sydney Doloszycki and single from Olivia Peterson. With the bases loaded, Jenna Towle singled to left bringing in two runs and tying the game. The Indians would then take the lead 3-2 as Kiley Conner scored on a passed ball.
Marist would respond right away as Cassie Lindmark tripled to start the top of the fourth, Lindmark would later score tying the game at 3-3.
In the sixth inning, Marist would again start the inning with a leadoff triple this time off the bat of Alexis Voss. Next in the box was Cassie Lindmark who hit a sacrifice fly to right giving the Redhawks a 4-3 lead.
The Redhawks would add on two more insurance runs in the top of the seventh. A single from Easton Lotus, Angela Zedak hit by a pitch, and walk issued to Alexis Voss would load the bases. Cassie Lindmark would then single to left field scoring two runs and giving Marist a 6-3 lead.
Angela Zedak would finish off the final frame giving Marist a 6-3 victory over Lake Central.
The Marist Redhawks move to 29-2 overall and play Wednesday at Providence Catholic. The Lake Central Indians are now 22-3 overall and take on Michigan City today.
Easton Lotus: 2-4, 2 R, SB
Kali Case: 1-4, SB
Angela Zedak: 1-3, 3B, RBI; 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R
Alexis Voss: 1-3, 3B, BB
Cassie Lindmark: 2-3, 3B, 3 RBI
Gabby Altobelli: 1-2, 3B, BB
Madison Garofalo: 1-3, R
Abby Dunning: 3 IP, 7 SO, 2 ER
Alexis Johnson: 1-3, BB
Sydney Doloszycki: 1-4, R
Olivia Peterson: 1-3, BB
Jenna Towle: 1-3, 2 RBI, BB
Alexa Sherlund: 1-1, BB
Peyton Pepkowski: 3 IP, 4 SO, 2 ER