Marist had plenty of reason to come out swinging Thursday against host Lockport.
“We had to come back from our loss against Bishop MacNamara (6-2 on Wednesday) and come back ready to go,” slugger Brooke Wyderski said. “That was a hard loss for us.”
The RedHawks also had a cause to keep on swinging when team member Brooke Wilson was struck by a vicious line drive in the dugout during the third inning and had to leave for medical treatment.
“I just told myself I was going to hit the ball and I was going to do it for Brooke,” her replacement, Vanessa Villasenor said.
It was mission accomplished on all fronts as Marist prevailed 5-1.
Wyderski socked her 10th home run and added a pair of doubles, while Villasenor went 2-for-2 in helping the RedHawks improve to 18-7. Zariya Gonzalez went the distance in the circle, allowing four hits.
It was a very scary scene when Wilson, who had tripled home a run in the first and walked and scored in the top of the third, was struck in the head later in the inning by a foul ball off the bat of teammate Bella Wilkinson.
Wilson went to the ground, but did not lose consciousness. After several minutes, she got to her feet and left with family to get checked out.
“Brooke looked OK,” Marist coach Denise Bromberek said. “She was smiling. She is a great kid. She’s like one of my own kids. I look forward to seeing her tomorrow.”
Wilson’s first-inning triple sent in Wyderski (double). Sarah DeMasi singled and scored on a Marist error as Lockport (21-8) tied it in the second, but it was all Marist after that.
Wyderski’s leadoff double and Wilson’s walk set up a two-run third, the big play a squeeze bunt by Kenny that sent home Wilson.
After Wilson had to leave the game, Villasenor was sent to center field in her place. In the fifth, she had perhaps the best at-bat of the game, working Lockport pitcher Justine Cielinski to a double digits in pitches before lining a full-count RBI single to right that plated Madison Naujokas (single).
“I wanted to foul off the pitches that weren’t mine, and hit the one that I wanted,” Villasenor said. “She put one there that I wanted and I made contact.”
Wyderski completed a 3-for-4 day with a rocket to left field in the seventh that cleared the fence.
Gonzalez, meanwhile, didn’t allow a Lockport baserunner past second base from the third inning on.
“Just having a defense in back of me was great,” she said. “They were pretty solid, especially the infield. They just made great plays.”