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Materni pitches Lake past Northwood (05-13-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 13 May 2013 09:09
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Lake's Kayla Encalado fields the ball during the game against Northwood Saturday morning. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
GENOA - Emma Materni pitched a three-hitter as Lake downed Northwood 5-1 in a Division III sectional semifinal at Genoa High School on Saturday.
The Flyers, 13-10 overall, advanced to Tuesday's sectional final at 5 p.m. against Eastwood (21-2), which received a first-round bye. Northwood is 11-11.
Materni had seven strikeouts. While she  wasn't overpowering with speed, the right-hander kept Northwood off-balance with a steady mix of drop and curve balls.
"Emma threw the ball well," Lake coach Dave Rymers said. "She has a lot of confidence in the defense behind her and knows that if she makes a couple mistakes, the defense will back her up.
The Flyers played errorless defense until the bottom of the seventh inning when Materni deflected a line drive with her glove and then committed a throwing error.
Northwood coach Jennifer Noonan said Materni "did well with her speciality pitches and we helped her more than we should have."
Sumer Woodruff led the Flyers at the plate going 2-for-4 with a double, run batted in and two runs scored. Jordan Jacob also doubled for Lake while teammates Ana Henneman and Sammy Whiteman each had RBI singles.
"Anytime you get a win in the tournament, it's a good thing," Rymers said. "We hope we can keep this going."
For Northwood, senior Katie Vancs was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored. Brianna Crispen had an RBI single.
"Katie really stepped up and showed some senior leadership," Noonan said.
Northwood pitcher Alyson Seibert struggled with her control after being hit with a line drive to the knee in a game Thursday against Danbury. Noonan said the junior pitcher was playing through a lot of pain.
Lake got on the board earlier with a two-run first inning. Woodruff plated Kayla Encalado with a double to right-center field and Whiteman had an RBI single.
Defensively, Materni retired the first nine Ranger batters and had six strikeouts through three innings.
Vancs broke up the no-hitter in the top of the fourth with a double to right-center. She scored on Crispen's RBI single.
In the bottom of the fifth, Henneman's RBI single to left field scored Encalado to make it 3-1. The Flyers scored their final two runs on a bases-loaded walk and a wild pitch.
Lake threatened again in the sixth, but a great defensive play by Crispen quieted the attack. Crispen snagged a deep shot to center by Woodruff on the warning track.
While pleased with the win, Rymers said his squad will have to play its best on Tuesday to beat Eastwood.
"Eastwood is the No. 1 seed for a reason. They've got the pitching, defense and offense to back up that top seed.
"We are going to have to play well and do a better job with runners in scoring position," he said.
Lake stranded 10 runners against Northwood.
Last Updated on Monday, 13 May 2013 10:29
 

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