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St. Francis softball gets game-winning hit from Zydek

WHEATON – St. Francis softball sophomore Bailey Zydek uncorked a walk-off RBI single Friday to lift the Spartans over Aurora Central Catholic, 8-7.

The bottom of the seventh was well executed for the Spartans with a walk, sacrifice bunt and then the single by Zydek to lift St. Francis to the Suburban Christian Conference win.

“I did my best just to stay patient because I’m a pretty jumpy hitter,” Zydek said of her game-winning hit.

The Spartans moved to 12-2 overall on the season and extended their winning streak to nine games. 

After the Spartans jumped out to a 6-2 lead after the fifth, walks and hit batters contributed to a Chargers rally in the sixth inning. ACC’s Gabi Alfaro singled in two runs to tie the game at 6.

St. Francis coach Ralph Remus was pleased that his team didn’t back down after the rough sixth inning.

“They were able to stay focused and get that run back and made some defensive plays that helped them out,” Remus said. “I give them credit for staying focused on the game when things weren’t going our way.”

St. Francis added one more in the bottom of the sixth, but that was quickly erased as the Chargers answered with an RBI single in the top of the seventh.

ACC coach Tom Babyar was proud his team put a good effort in but said the Chargers have to find a way to do more.

“So far this year we haven’t been playmakers,” Babyar said. “We find ways to give teams runs.”

The Chargers (7-9) took the lead in the second inning after a leadoff walk turned into a run, but ACC couldn’t hold the lead.

“It always seems we are running uphill,” Babyar said. “But the girls are battling.”

The walk-off hit was Zydek’s first of her career, and she was excited she could help her team.

“It gives me a lot more confidence now knowing I can do it and I do have it in me to pull through at the end,” Zydek said.

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