Softball Flyers soar over Marquette Mustangs

By ROBERT CHALUPNY

The Lindbergh High Flyers softball team put another tally in the win column when it soared past the Marquette Mustangs 5-1 last week before a home crowd.

The 10-5 Flyers are exceeding the expectations of head coach Darin Scott and on pace to finish ahead of last year.

“For sure, coming in, we weren’t sure what we were going to have,” he said. “We knew it was going to be somewhat of a transition year, but they have really bought in and they are doing a really nice job. We are actually ahead of where we were at last year.”

Lindbergh used all of its weapons — pitching, hitting, base running and fielding — to secure the Sept. 8 win.

The Flyers started with a couple of hits in the first but couldn’t come up with any runs.

They wouldn’t have to wait long, though, as they had four runs in the bottom of the third to start the scoring.

The rally began with a walk and a stolen base with the Flyers bringing them home with a triple and an RBI. They followed with a single and a second RBI. Lindbergh added two more with a double.

Marquette put one run on the scoreboard with a sequence of hits in the top of the fourth, but the rally was short-lived after Lindbergh threw out a runner at the plate on the next play to end the inning. The Flyers added one more run with a double in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Scott was pleased with the win and said his offense has been performing well all year.

“Well, any time you can get a victory in the Suburban West, it’s a good one,” he said. “Year in and year out, Marquette has a really nice program and it’s good to jump on top early and kind of hang on there.

“Our girls have really been actually swinging the bat really well … The middle part of our order does a really nice job of driving runs in with Brittany Miller going three-for-four today. That was a big day for her,” he added. “Brittany Stevens, a freshman, just continues to hit the ball really well … and Abby Nestor does a good job of setting the table and that equals a lot of runs.”

Besides that solid offense, the Flyers have been leaning on starting pitcher Sarah Reinsel, who boasts a 9-4 record.

“She’s thrown 13 of our 15 games for us. She’s probably getting a little bit tired, but we’ve got a little bit of a break here until Tuesday (Sept. 13) and hopefully we can get our legs back under us and she’ll be good to go for the stretch run,” Scott said.