ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles East softball team used a big offensive day from Tess Hupe to sweep West Aurora in a season-opening doubleheader Friday, 3-2 in nine innings in Game 1, and 7-1 in Game 2.
Hupe, East’s center fielder, had the game-winning single in the ninth inning after West Aurora had tied the game at 2 in the seventh.
Hupe added two hits in the second game.
The No. 2 hitter in East’s lineup, East coach Kelly Horan said Hupe is more than just the slap hitter she was in the past.
“She’s worked really hard,” Horan said. “My challenge to her in the offseason was just to gain some muscle, and I can’t say enough about what she and all her teammates did in the offseason, physically, to their bodies.”
Junior Haley Beno struck out 12 in her nine innings of work in Game 1 to earn the win for the Saints.
In Game 2, sophomore Alex Latoria pitched the complete game win, fanning seven and allowing four hits.
“Some things were a little shaky, but I definitely saw a lot of good things,” Horan said. “I’m happy with the pitching, I’m happy with the defense in the second game and I think offensively we’re going to be a lot more powerful than we showed today, but we did a nice job of just trying to get it done.”
East’s Kate Peterburs supplied three hits and two RBIs in the second game.
Mount Zion 6, Kaneland 4: At Mt. Vernon, Josh Cohrs went 2 for 3 with a double but the Knights fell to Mt. Zion on their southern Illinois road trip. Kaneland (0-3) continues its road swing with a doubleheader today at O’Fallon.