Bill Harrison’s softball notes

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No. 1: Lincoln-Way West has a special pitcher. The Warriors are living up to high expectations largely because of pitcher Morghan Dieringer, who continues to lead her team. She recorded victories against Lincoln-Way Central and Lemont last week, striking out 26 in the process. The No. 3 Warriors (24-1) will have two weeks to prepare for their Class 3A regional, which features No. 1 Manteno (30-1).

No. 2: Providence’s Courtney Pych has healed nicely. The senior shortstop suffered a compound fracture of her leg last summer during a travel game. She apparently isn’t showing any ill effects. Through Sunday, she was hitting .393 with five home runs, 15 RBI and six stolen bases. She helped the Celtics notch four East Suburban Catholic victories last week, two against Bishop McNamara and two against Carmel.

No. 3: Katie Gallagher continues to impress. The St. Ignatius slugger had another good week, going 7-for-15 with five home runs, 11 RBI and a whopping 1.623 slugging percentage. She tied the school record for home runs in a single season when she hit her 16th of the year at Oak Park-River Forest on Saturday. It also gave her the career record (28) for home runs at the school. Molly Sircher set the original record in 1998 when the circle was at a 40-foot distance.

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