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Softball: Rain, Andrean ruin Hebron’s home finale

Andrean's Savannah Kinsellcatches short fly ball for last out fourth inning against HebrFriday afternoHebrHigh School. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media

Andrean's Savannah Kinsella catches a short fly ball for the last out fourth inning against Hebron Friday afternoon at Hebron High School. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: June 19, 2013 6:15AM



HEBRON — Hebron honored its softball players Friday, but Mother Nature and the Andrean 59ers were anything but cooperative.

After a 45-minute rain delay, the 59ers exploded for nine runs in the final four innings to win 9-0 in a tuneup game before the sectionals begin next week.

Hannah Kulesa was the hitting star for the 59ers, going 3-for-3 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored. The 59ers had eight hits off Hebron starter Maggie Lindeman, who pitched a no-hitter against Kankakee Valley on Wednesday.

“Hannah was seeing the ball very well today,” Andrean coach Brooke Baker-Runyon said. “Maggie (Lindeman) is a good pitcher but Hannah was putting good swings on the ball all day.”

A two-out walk to Jessica Adamcyk in the top of the fourth loomed large as she came around to score along with Kulesa on Katie Crandol’s two-run double.

“I told the team today that we need to have a sense of urgency,” said Baker-Runyon. “It took us three innings but Katie (Crandol) came up with a clutch two-out, two-strike hit. We always preach about needing clutch hits.”

Lindeman pitched out of jams in the first and second innings but the 59ers’ bats finally got to her with runners on base in the fourth. The Hawks (18-4) had threats of their own with runners on second and third and two outs in the bottom of the second and fourth, but 59ers’ pitcher Brenna Boyle pitched over the threats and kept the hosts scoreless. Boyle, who threw a complete-game shutout, scattered four singles and didn’t walk a batter. The 59ers also played errorless softball.

The 59ers (16-7) added insurance runs in the top of the fifth and sixth. Savannah Kinsella led off the fifth with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Cat Murad. In the sixth, the Hebron defense committed two errors but Lindeman pitched over most of the damage, allowing only one run while leaving the bases loaded.

The 59ers sent 10 hitters to the plate in the top of the seventh, scoring five runs on four hits to put the game out of reach.

“We talked about it after the game, we’ve had a good run but we made a few mistakes today,” said Hebron coach Mike McLindon. “That’s part of the game; we had some chances but couldn’t get a timely hit. You can’t give a good team like Andrean more than three outs in an inning, but I’m glad it happened today and not next week because next week it’s lose and go home.”



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