MELROSE PARK – Rosary softball players endured a lengthy commute to Wednesday’s Suburban Christian Conference crossover at Walther Lutheran.
A seven-run first inning put the Royals on the verge of a quick return trip, but the attack eventually slowed in an 11-1 win.
“I was real pleased with the energy we came off the bus with,” Royals coach John Kazmierczak said. “I just wish we had been able to carry that momentum into the next couple innings.”
Rosary (4-10, 3-3 SCC Blue) still smacked five extra-base hits. Freshman pitcher Sarah Willman doubled, tripled and drove in three runs en route to her first varsity win.
She also scattered four hits and nine strikeouts.
“Good indication with what you can do when you can strike out nine batters, and she didn’t walk anybody,” Kazmierczak said.
Emma Molenhouse tripled among her two hits.
St. Charles East 11, Larkin 0 (5 inn.): At Elgin, Alex Latoria shined for East in the circle and at bat to help the Saints improve to 13-4 (7-1 Upstate Eight Conference River Division).
Latoria struck out eight in a one-hitter while collecting three hits of her own – including a home run and two RBIs. MacKenzie Meadows added three hits to lead East’s 17-hit attack.
St. Charles North 14, Streamwood 1 (5 inn.): At Streamwood, North’s Allison Hausl and Katie Roggemann struck out seven in a combined one-hitter. Abby Howlett had two hits and three RBIs for the North Stars (10-5, 6-2 UEC River), Erin Nemetz had three hits and Andrea Beal homered and drove in two runs.
IC Catholic Prep 10, Wheaton Academy 0 (5 inn.): At West Chicago, Gina Graff had two hits for Wheaton Academy (6-4, 4-2 SCC Gold).
St. Charles North 6, Glenbard North 1: At St. Charles, a handful of absences hardly slowed North, which improved to 8-0 and yielded just four games in sweeping singles play. Aaron Amburgey won at No. 1 singles, while the top doubles pair of Mitch Riggs and Keith Hedges also was victorious.
Geneva 5, Glenbard South 2: At Geneva, Ryan Doeckel and John Potts’ 6-3, 6-2 win in the No. 1 slot propelled Geneva to a doubles sweep. The fourth tandem of Jacob Grootens and Logan Tarczynski notched a 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 victory.
St. Francis def. Downers Grove North, 2-0 (29-27, 25-18): At Wheaton, St. Francis accomplished its goal of flipping the script on the Trojans two days after avenging last season’s loss to St. Charles North, as well.
“This is a big week for us to come back and get those games,” said Spartans coach Mike Lynch, whose team improved to 16-2.
St. Francis thrived behind a balanced offense that included Jeff Jendryk (eight kills, five blocks), Greg Churney (six kills) and Joe Denny (five kills).
St. Charles resident Robert Smith contributed 24 assists in the team’s final tune-up before this weekend’s Brother Rice Smack Attack tournament.
“That’ll be a good test, too,” Lynch said.
Lyons 11, St. Charles East 5: At Eastside Sports Complex in St. Charles, Tim Canning scored twice in the fourth quarter for East, which did not tally until Brett Hickey’s goal in the closing seconds of the third.