Big inning, Brottman enough for Fremd
When you have a pitcher like Lena Brottman, one big inning will be enough to propel you to a win.
That is exactly what happened Saturday as No. 3 Fremd put up seven runs in the bottom of the first inning on the way to an 8-3 win over Lake Zurich in the Class 4A Buffalo Grove Sectional final.
Leadoff hitter Kristine Werling started the Fremd rally with a single and after Allie Gaeding was retired on a bunt that moved Werling to second, the next six Vikings all reached base and scored. The big knock was Tess Dinterman’s three-run triple to right field.
“I haven’t been hitting well the past couple games and I just wanted to be aggressive,” Dinterman said. “It obviously worked.”
The Vikings (31-4) added their eighth run in the second when Lauren Zaworski scored on a wild pitch. But their offense was shut down the rest of the game, as Lake Zurich starter Megan Mattera allowed only one hit after the second inning.
The Bears (24-12) got on the board in the fifth inning when Mattera smacked her 14th home run on the season. Erin Sweeney scored the final run later that inning on a wild pitch.
Brottman (29-2) pitched a complete game, striking out six, while Mattera (21-11) finished her complete game with four strikeouts.