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Chicago Christian blanks St. Edward

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By Brian Schaumburg
Daily Herald Correspondent

Very few things went right Monday for the St. Edward softball team.

The Green Wave was held to 2 hits and, while not credited with any errors, didn't have a great defensive effort either as Chicago Christian beat St. Edward, 4-0, at the Elgin Sports Complex in Suburban Christian Conference action.

"We were making contact, but there wasn't anything behind it," Green Wave coach Jaci Corn said. "The hits weren't there."

St. Edward (4-3, 1-1) had only 1 hit, a slow roller down the third-base line by Julie Larson, through the first five innings. With the Green Wave trailing 4-0, Kali Kossakowski led off the sixth inning with double. Ashley Gradisher and Ryann Scully drew walks to load the bases with no outs.

But the Green Wave failed to score. A pair of groundballs to the shortstop, who got the force out at home both times, and a foul popout to the catcher ended the threat.

"Getting the bases loaded and not bring anybody home is something that we definitely need to make sure doesn't happen again," Corn said.

Davina Gutierrez (2-3) earned the victory for the Knights (2-3, 1-0). The freshman struck out four and walked four.

St. Edward freshman pitcher Lindsay Zdroik (2-3) retired the first nine batters she faced before Chicago Christian finally got to her. The Knights scored twice in the fourth, on a fielder's choice with the bases loaded and on a sacrifice fly. They had only one hit in the inning, but three fielder's choice by St. Edward only got one out. Chicago Christian added two more in the sixth on run-scoring singles from Theresa Kraiss and Kaycee Pittman.

"I thought we were eventually going to get much better swings against (Zdroik)," Knights coach Kevin Pittman said. "I was confident that we would at least start putting the bat on the ball and putting some pressure on, which we were able to do."

Zdroik allowed 5 hits, walked two and struck out five.

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