BATAVIA – Selena Kweder smacked a two-out RBI single Tuesday, capping the Batavia softball team's seven-run seventh inning that clinched a 12-11 victory against West Chicago in the nightcap of a doubleheader.
The Bulldogs lost the opener, 13-3, before rallying to get even in Game 2.
"The girls were really excited. I was happy with the way they bounced back in the second game," Bulldogs coach Lupe Castellanos said. "We got off to a good start, had a shaky inning and then the last inning was a good confidence-builder for the girls."
Erin Costigan's two-out, bases-clearing triple tied the game for Batavia (1-1) and set the stage for Kweder's heroics. Costigan and Alex Scaccia both had two hits in the opener, while Katie Ryan hit a three-run home run.
"It was just good to get outside and finally play a game after we've been inside for a long time," said Castellanos, a longtime Bulldogs assistant who made his head coaching debut. "I know there's a lot of things we did well and a lot of things we can still work on."
Batavia 4, Wheaton Warrenville South 3: At Wheaton College, Austin Shanahan allowed one hit in five innings to boost Batavia in its season opener. Micah Coffey was the winner in relief. Aaron Hurd scored the decisive run for the Bulldogs after reaching on a two-out walk in the seventh inning.
St. Charles North 5, New Trier 3: At Rent One Park in Marion, North won its season opener behind two RBIs from Ryan Thomas. Ankur Shah was the winning pitcher, while Kurt Barbeau notched the save.
Lake Park tournament: Batavia 2, Lake Park 2: At Olympic Park in Schaumburg, Batavia (2-0-1) played the host Lancers to a tie.
Rosary 0, Glenbard North 0: At Carol Stream, goalkeeper Lauren Frasca made four saves for Rosary (0-1-1).
St. Francis takes pair in tourney: Host St. Francis defeated Riverside-Brookfield, 1-0, before thumping Addison Trail, 6-0, in St. Francis Springfest Tournament play.
Taylor Van Thournout scored twice in the Addison Trail match, while Andrea Ravlin tallied two goals on the day. Anna Vonderhaar contributed four assists for the Spartans.