Softball: Lemont holds off Plainfield North
Not liking what she saw during her team’s warmup Monday, Lemont coach Chris Traina lit into her squad.
With playoffs just two weeks away, she wanted to see more focus, more intensity.
“Sometimes we get a little lackadaisical before the games, and coach Traina puts us back in our place,” Lemont’s Lauren May said. “When we do, good things happen.”
Courtesy of May at the plate and Rachel Hall’s effort in the field, Lemont got a boost of intensity Monday, defeating visiting Plainfield North 5-4.
With the score knotted at 2 in the bottom of the sixth, May shook off some recent struggles. The sophomore rocketed a double to the left-field corner to bring Rylie Jay all the way around from first base to score.
“I had to think and make a little bit of an adjustment,” May said. “I’ve really been hitting off the end of the bat more, and I had to wait a little more, pick my pitch.”
Lemont (17-4) added two more runs, with Hall’s RBI single and Lizzy Forzley’s RBI suicide squeeze, to go up 5-2.
The three-run cushion appeared to be safe, but Plainfield North (9-9) had one last charge left. Kellie Fenza’s RBI groundout scored Shannon Vaughan in the top of the seventh. Morgan Krieger came to the plate next with two outs and runners on second and third.
Krieger ripped a single to center, scoring Nikilette Cottini from third, with Allie Budds attempting to score behind her from second. Stationed in center for Lemont, Hall wasn’t having it. Hall, after cleanly fielding the ball, came up firing and delivered a perfect throw to May at home. The throw beat Budds home, with May applying the tag for the game-ending out.
“I was thinking the play ahead so I knew I had to come up firing,” Hall said. “I tried to gun it home, and it worked out. When it came off my hand, I thought ‘Come on, I’ve got her right here.’ ”
Krieger finished 2-for-3 with three RBI for North.