For the first time in nearly 700 days for schools, area softball teams hit the field Tuesday, April 13 for the first time in 2021.
Here’s a look at how the area teams did in their return:
Glenbrook South 17, Conant 6: Glenbrook South trailed 2-1 after two innings to Conant, but the Titans exploded for 16 runs over the last five innings to win 17-6. Glenbrook South’s Lauren Chin got plenty of exercise making her way around the bases by going 5-for-5 with 3 doubles, 1 home run, 5 runs scored and 4 RBI. GBS had five players combine to hit 7 doubles. Glenbrook South’s offense was also led by Maddie Kapsimalis (4-for-5, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 4 runs), Emily Miller (2-for-5, 1 2B, 5 RBI), Maggie Baumstark (3-for-5, 1 2B, 3 runs), Alex Azara (1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 runs), Christina Koromplis (1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 run), Alex Kleeman (1-for-4, 2 runs) and Taylor Geltis (1-for-5). Conant (0-1) was led by Natalie Spaitis (2-for-2, 2 2B, 1 run), Payton Andjulis (2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 run), Ali Falcone (3-for-4, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 run), Riya Patel (2-for-4, 2 RBI), Liv Mickelson (1-for-1, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 run), Ashleigh Simmons (1-for-2, 1 RBI) and Marissa DiFrancisco (1-for-4, 1 run). The two teams combined for 31 hits. Glenbrook South pitcher Sami Nash (7 IP, 13 H, 6 runs (2 earned), 5 K, 3 BB) picked up the win in the circle.
Palatine 15, Deerfield 5 (5 innings): Palatine didn’t waste much time getting on the scoreboard in their first game since May 28, 2019. Palatine’s No. 3 batter Kaitlyn Reed (2-for-4, 1 3B, 4 RBI, 1 run) reached on an error as leadoff batter Lauren Dettloff (2-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 runs) scored from third. Grace Adame (3-for-3, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 runs) then blasted a 3-run homer to put Palatine up 4-0 in the opening inning. Deerfield scored 5 runs in the top of the second. The Pirates regained the lead with 2 runs in the bottom of the second and then put the game away with 6 runs in the third. Holding a 12-5 lead, Palatine scored 3 runs in the bottom of the fifth to end the game early due to the mercy rule (10-plus run lead after 5 innings). Palatine also received contributions from Caitlin Williams (3-for-3, 3 runs), Lindsay Plourde (2-for-3, 2 RBI, 3 runs). Kayla Courtney (1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 run), Angela Delgado (1-for-3, 1 run), Kelly Beach (1-for-3, 1 run) and Nicole Marceau (1 run). Kelly Beach (3 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 K, 6 BB, 2 WP) picked up the win in the circle for the Pirates.
Fremd 8, Lake Zurich 2: Fremd took a few innings to get rolling, but once they did they ran out to an 8-0 lead before Lake Zurich could muster its first run of the year. Elaina Kraus (3-for-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 runs), Ava Jordan (3-for-4, 1 2B, 1 run), Chaira D’Antonio (2-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 run), Kalyn McCarthy (2-for-4, 2 runs), Gina Dudley (1-for-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI) and Calista DiVito (1-for-4, 1 RBI) led the charge for the Vikings in game one of the season. Grace Hiller (5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 6 K, 0 BB) won in the circle. It was the Vikings first game since May 28, 2019, when they ironically lost 8-2.
Whitney Young 8, Elk Grove 0: Elk Grove held Whitney Young scoreless for 9 innings, but unraveled in the 10th inning to lose 8-0. Young loaded the bases with 1 out, then connected with a single, hit by pitch and fielder’s choice to go ahead 3-0. With 2 outs, Young drew another walk after a player scored on a passed ball to make it 4-0. The last 4 runs came on a pair of doubles that each drove in 2 runs. Morgan Leach got Elk Grove’s only hit of the game with 2 outs in the bottom of the sixth on a bunt. Other than that, Whitney Young junior pitcher Shelby Jacobson was untouchable. Jacobson pitched all 10 innings and allowed 1 hit, 4 walks and struck out an amazing 24 batters in the win. Her previous career high for strikeouts in a game was 11. Elk Grove’s Olivia Masnica was no slouch, allowing 9 hits, 0 walks and striking out 5 in 9 innings. Sabrina Lehnert came in relief in the 10th and allowed the 8 runs and picked up the loss.
Maine South 3, Lincoln Park 0: Maine South finally hit the field for the first time since May 28, 2019 (3-0 loss to OPRF) and won 3-0 over Lincoln Park. Kaylin Fahy opened the game in amazing fashion, striking out the side in the top of the first. Amalia Laskaris (1-for-2, 2 RBI) hit a single with the bases loaded to score Fahy and Nikki Manolis (2-for-3, 1 run) in the bottom of the first to spot the Hawks an early 2-0 lead. Fahy allowed a double to start the second and then struck out the next three batters to end the inning. Fahy struck out 8 batters through three innings. Talulah Finegold (2 SB) stole home for the Hawks final run of the game in the bottom of the third. Rachel Hoffman (1-for-3, 2 SB) and Caelan Fogarty (1-for-1, 1 3B) also contributed in the win. Fahy ended up pitching 4 innings and allowing 2 hits and striking out 9 to earn the win. Sam Bergeron allowed just 1 hit the final 3 innings and struck out 6 for a combined 15 strikeouts between the two pitchers.
St. Viator 15, Rolling Meadows 0 (4 innings): St. Viator was antsy to return and scored 12 runs in the first inning to put the game away before it really began. Mary Naughton blasted a 3-run HR in the opening inning and Brooke Cwick belted a grand slam for her first career hit as the Lions batted around the order in first. Gianna Saverino held Rolling Meadows to 2 hits to pick up the win.
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