ELMHURST – An artificial turf softball field without outer fencing can be a double-edged sword.
Burlington Central coach Wade Maisto feared more of the potentially bad stuff Friday as the Rockets faced West Chicago at Plunkett Park.
Three long home runs and sound play in the field eased the tension, while also paving the way to Central's 11-7 win.
"We were afraid about things possibly getting away on our end defensively, but the three we hit, it wasn't like they were gap shots. They were bombs," Maisto said. "Those were all legit homers."
BC (2-2) scored eight of its runs via the long ball, including Brooke Gaylord's grand slam to punctuate a six-run fifth.
Shelby Young smacked a three-run homer, while Bekah Harnish added a solo shot.
West Aurora 3-7, St. Charles East 2-2: At Aurora, East suffered a doubleheader sweep despite 17 total hits. Kate Peterburs had three hits and two RBIs in the opener. Tess Hupe went 4 for 6 overall.
Batavia 8, Naperville North 0: At Wheaton College's Pfund Stadium in Carol Stream, lefty Jacob Piechota helped spur Batavia to a shutout with five innings of three-hit, seven-strikeout ball. Micah Coffey paced the 4-0 Bulldogs at the plate, going 3 for 4 with three RBIs.
"We're just a confident team. We're a great team. We just want to stay humble and stay hungry and not let that 4-0 get to our heads," Piechota said.
St. Charles North 10, Mayfield (Ky.) 0 (5 inn.): At Dyersburg, Tenn., Nick Drawant had three hits and two RBIs for North in its Aaron Schuh memorial tournament romp. Joe Kuczek drove in two runs for the 4-1 North Stars, while winner Sam Hubbe spaced two hits and seven strikeouts in four innings.
Archbishop Moeller (Ohio) 8, Kaneland 4: At the University of Cincinnati, Kaneland (0-2) was unable to hold an early lead.
St. Francis 12, St. Joseph 3: At Westchester, Brett Whelton helped St. Francis move to 5-1 with two hits and two RBIs.