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OFFICIAL TWITTER OF CHICAGO (MARIST) ATHLETICS

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IHSA CLASS 4A SUPER SECTIONAL

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Gianna Richy hit a pair of homers as Marist romped past Taft to win the supersectional

 

 

Marist's Gianna Richy heads for home with her second home run of the game against Chicago Taft during the Class 4A Marist Supersectional on Monday, June 14, 2021.
Marist's Gianna Richy heads for home with her second home run of the game against Chicago Taft during the Class 4A Marist Supersectional on Monday, June 14, 2021. (John Smierciak / Daily Southtown)
 
 

Marist junior Gia Richy’s most disciplined swing of the day was her last.

It resulted in a line drive right up the middle for a single.

Kind of surprising, really.

In her previous two at-bats, Richy launched long home runs. One would think she would be swinging from her heels, trying for a third.

“I was just trying for the base hit,” Richy said, laughing. “You can’t do too much at the plate sometimes. I just wanted to hit the ball.”

Richy’s two home runs were only part of the show Monday as host Marist defeated Chicago Taft 10-0 in five innings to win a Class 4A supersectional title.

Marist catcher Emily Bojan, left, hugs Gianna Richy after Richy hit her second home run of the game against Chicago Taft during the Class 4A Marist Supersectional on Monday, June 14, 2021.
Marist catcher Emily Bojan, left, hugs Gianna Richy after Richy hit her second home run of the game against Chicago Taft during the Class 4A Marist Supersectional on Monday, June 14, 2021. (John Smierciak / Daily Southtown)

Isabel Cunnea added a three-run homer for the RedHawks (36-1). Kali Case had two hits and two walks. Abby Dunning struck out eight in four innings.

Marist will play at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in the state semifinals at Louisville Slugger Sports Complex in Peoria.

Richy, a first baseman, hits out of the No. 7 spot in the order. She’s what Marist coach Colleen Phelan considers a “second two-three hitter.”

“I have a slapper, Sierra Sass, in that five spot,” Phelan said. “Then I have Eileen Donahue and Gia, who serve as my second round of hitters.

“Gia doesn’t try to hit home runs. She just takes a good swing and puts a good bat on the ball. With her power, it flies out of here sometimes. She doesn’t have an ego. She literally just wants to get hits for her team.”

Richy entered the supersectional hitting .439. She has five home runs, 10 doubles and 34 RBIs.

“I usually hit the gaps with hard line drives,” Richy said. “I’m just zoned in right now. When I see it, I’m going for it. I’m so excited. This team is awesome.

Marist's Isabel Cunnea watches her fly ball head for the fence for a home run against Chicago Taft during a Class 4A Marist Supersectional game on Monday, June 14, 2021.
Marist's Isabel Cunnea watches her fly ball head for the fence for a home run against Chicago Taft during a Class 4A Marist Supersectional game on Monday, June 14, 2021. (John Smierciak / Daily Southtown)

“We’re all just so close and we all work together. Our whole order can hit the ball. Top of the lineup, bottom of the lineup, we all just hit the ball.”

Cunnea, a sophomore outfielder, entered hitting .478. The third-inning homer was her team-leading 12th of the season and put the RedHawks in front 9-0.

As she crossed the plate, Cunnea was greeted with a “way to make the adjustment” by her teammates.

“Earlier in the game, I was pulling off the ball a little bit,” Cunnea said. “I was getting too far on my front side. On the pitch I hit over the fence, I just waited on it and it felt good.”

 

Daily Southtown NewsletterDunning, meanwhile, faced the minimum 12 batters in her four innings. The only base runner she allowed on a walk was cut down trying to steal second by Emily Bojan.

Marist pitcher Abby Dunning throws a strike against Chicago Taft during a Class 4A Marist Supersectional game on Monday, June 14, 2021.
Marist pitcher Abby Dunning throws a strike against Chicago Taft during a Class 4A Marist Supersectional game on Monday, June 14, 2021. (John Smierciak / Daily Southtown)

“Emily is a great catcher,” Dunning said. “She makes me look way better than I am. Her throwing that girl out gave me all of the confidence. Nothing to stress out about.”

It did seem to make a difference in Dunning’s approach. The Boston College commit went deep in counts during the first two innings. After Bojan’s play, she retired batters on three or four pitches.

“I know when I’m catching for Abby, she’s the best of the best,” Bojan said. “I have to do my best. Just getting that runner out, I hope that gives her more confidence to know I have her back.”

Dunning (26-1) will be making her second trip to state — but her first as the ace.

“It’s her ball,” Phelan said. “She knows she’s getting the start and she wants it bad. Abby is a talented pitcher, but how bad she wants it, I think, is going to help us down there.”

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