PRINCETON — St. Bede junior Emmi Christensen describes Lady Bruin senior pitcher Lainie Schweickert as a “rock star.”
Turns out Christensen and the St. Bede bats can do plenty of rocking as well.
Schweickert — who hurled a perfect game Monday against Hall, her second of the season — drummed up another shutout performance, and Christensen and the Academy bats took care of business with a seven-run fourth inning Tuesday as they rolled to a 10-0 NCIC win over host Princeton.
“Today, the key was just swinging the bats. We had a couple of good bunts early in the first inning — perfect placement from Barbi (Prokup) and Lydia (Stariha). I think that opened things up, and then Emmi came up clutch,” said St. Bede coach Bill Prokup, whose squad advanced to 6-3 with the win and is currently ranked No. 15 in the latest Illinois Coaches Association Class 2A poll.
Christensen got the scoring started early for St. Bede in the top of the first inning with an RBI roller down the third-base line to drive in Stariha, who reached on a lead-off bunt single and moved to second on another bunt single from Barbi Prokup.
“After I got two strikes on me I just wanted to get a clutch hit. My mentality is just to get it in play,” Christensen said.
The junior cleanup hitter kept her hot day rolling with a two-RBI single in the third to put the Academy up 3-0 and added a sacrifice fly as part of a seven-run fourth for the Lady Bruins to finish the day 2-2 with four RBIs.
“She’s a good hitter, a very disciplined hitter. She’s been a great addition for us this year so far,” Bill Prokup said of the Minnesota transfer.
St. Bede sparked the seven-run fourth with five straight singles up the middle from Lexi Miranda, Abbey Nowakowski, Olivia Mueller, Ella Voss and Stariha.
Barbi Prokup added a two-RBI triple to right and Mo Dean also had an RBI double in the frame.
“Once we get on a roll, we just get key hits,” Christensen said.
Schweickert recorded eight strikeouts and allowed just four hits over her five innings of work with one walk.
“She has the golden arm,” Christensen said with a chuckle.
Barbi Prokup went 3-for-4 at the plate with a pair of RBIs and two runs scored.
Stariha also was 3-for-4, while Miranda and Christensen each finished with two hits.
Heidi James led PHS with a 2-for-3 showing at the plate. Danielle Hughes and Mackenzey Wilson registered the Tigresses’ other two hits — both singles.
Freshman Madison Menzel was charged the loss on the pitching rubber as she allowed 10 runs, seven earned, off of 13 hits with one strikeout and one walk allowed over four innings.
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