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Softball

Big bats lead St. Charles North softball over Geneva

GENEVA – The St. Charles North softball team pounded its way to another win over a Tri-Cities rival.

Mickey Goetz, Allison Hausl and Jordyn Wolfe had three hits each for the North Stars, who beat Geneva for the second time this week, 17-4, in five innings on Friday.

“Waiting on the ball was my main thought process,” Goetz said. “Defensively we were a little shaky in the beginning, but I think our bats made us more confident.”

Goetz (six RBIs) had an RBI single in the first and an RBI double in the second and third innings.

Center fielder Andrea Beal added four RBIs, going 3 for 3 with two doubles and a walk.

Defensively the North Stars (15-6, 11-2 UEC River) played well, as did starting pitcher Allison Hausl, who was told only an hour before the game she would be pitching. Hausl pitched all five innings, striking out three and walking one.

“I thought we were aggressive today trying to make plays,” St. Charles North coach Tom Poulin said, “… We caught them (Geneva) on the right day, they’re a very good team and we came through with some clutch hits and played well defensively.”

St. Charles North put its leadoff hitter on base in the first four innings and all came around to score.

Rachel Fanella took the circle for the Vikings and pitched all five innings. Fanella has pitched in the last seven games for Geneva (13-10, 6-7 UEC River).

The Vikings’ scoring was highlighted by freshman Annika Radabaugh’s solo home run in the third inning. It was her sixth of the season and is now closing in on Geneva’s single season record of eight.

The Vikings have had a rough week but Geneva coach Greg Dierks was encouraged by his team’s fight.

“They’re staying in there and they’re fighting and they have pride,” Dierks said, “they’re working hard and they’re going to get rewarded here coming up.”

Geneva resumes conference play today at Larkin.

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