Carly Souder's first RBI hit went about 40 feet. The next two both found the outfield gaps.
The junior third baseman went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs as host Lincoln-Way West solidified its grip on first place in the SouthWest Suburban Red with a 5-2 victory over crosstown rival Lincoln-Way Central on Monday afternoon in New Lenox.
Morghan Dieringer gave up seven hits, but struck out 13 in hurling the win. With their 13th straight victory, the Warriors improved to 21-1 and 7-0. Central fell to 12-9, 5-2.
"It was a pretty good win," Souder said. "It gives us a good, solid lead for the conference."
Souder got things going in the bottom of the first. Dani Morgan (1-for-3, 3 runs) led off by reaching on an infield single and taking second on an overthrow on the play. The speedy sophomore shortstop then scored when Souder pushed a perfect bunt to the left side. Once it eluded the Knight fielders, and rolled a few feet past the circle, Morgan wasn't slowing down.
"It was just that we needed to get the run in," said Souder of her bunt that was designed to be a sacrifice. "It felt good and was even better that Dani scored on the play."
Rachel Luckett (1-for-3) drove in the second run of the inning with a one-out RBI double to center.
In the second, Souder smoked the ball a bit harder, scoring Jenna Czart (1-for-3) from first with a two-out RBI double to right center to make it 3-0.
West added a run in the fourth on a two-out RBI double to center by Amanda Ruskowsky (1-for-4, run). In the sixth Morgan drew a one-out walk, stole her second base of the day, and scored when Souder drilled a full-count pitch to the left center gap for another RBI double.
Dieringer did the rest in improving to 15-1. The senior righty walked one and hit a batter, but got out of a pair of jams. With runners at second and third and one-out in the third, she registered a pair of strikeouts. Then, with the bases loaded with one-out in the fifth, she got a strikeout and a looper to Morgan to end it.
"She just pulls through," West catcher Anna Ryan said of Dieringer. "She just makes sure she has good movement and throws strikes."
Ryan and Kayla Seymour were both 2-for-3 for the Warriors, who had 11 hits.
Central scored its runs in the seventh. Jackie Farbak (2-for-3) had a one out singe and scored when Naidelyn Medina (2-for-3) ripped a two-out, two-run home run off the foul pole in left.
"We expected a tough game and they're a very good team," Central coach Jeff Tarala said. "Give all credit to West. But we competed with them, we just needed a couple of big hits. We're getting there and have already surpassed last years win total (11)."