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Softball: Carly Trepanier hits first career home run as Manteno takes down Lockport

New Lenox IL - Saturday April 5 2014: Lockport's Sidney Bottino (9) bvs Manteno during Championship game Celtics Invitational. |

New Lenox, IL - Saturday, April 5, 2014: Lockport's Sidney Bottino (9) at bat vs Manteno during the Championship game of the Celtics Invitational. | Steve Johnston/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 8, 2014 9:52AM



In Saturday’s championship game of the Providence Invite, Manteno junior shortstop Carly Trepanier couldn’t believe what happened during the fifth inning against Lockport.

The lefty leadoff hitter cracked an opposite-field two-run home run that broke a 1-all tie. As she rounded second base, she put her hand over her mouth and appeared to be in shock when she realized the ball actually cleared the fence.

“Is this real?” Trepanier said to her teammates before heading back into the dugout.

It was real, and so was Manteno’s 3-2 victory over the Porters. The Panthers remained undefeated while rebounding from a seventh-place finish in the tournament last season.

“There is a lot to be said about maturity,” Manteno coach Josh Carlile said. “We won a lot of games last year but didn’t win the games that counted.”

Trepanier picked a good time and place to hit her first career over-the-fence homer for Manteno (8-0). She was 0-for-2 against Porters pitcher Justine Cielinski (1-1) before her big swing.

“I had a couple last year but they were [inside] the park,” said Trepanier, who also had seven assists and two putouts on defense. “I thought I was in a dream to be honest. We’ve been working really hard since losing regionals (to Peotone).”

Western Illinois recruit Brooke Stulga (7-0) gave up a run in the third on a double by Jordan Arndt and an RBI single by Kelly Pattison that scored Arndt easily.

She gave up the other run in the seventh when future WIU teammate Sidney Bottino, a junior, pinch hit for the Porters (3-1) and drove a ball that hit the top of the scoreboard for a solo home run.

“She did a great job and I gave the (second-place) plaque to her for stepping up and cutting the lead in half,” Lockport coach Marissa Chovanec said of Bottino. “It was exciting, and kudos to her for a great at-bat.

“I’m pleased. Our pitchers are learning from every outing and I’m excited with what we have.”

Stulga gave up seven hits while striking out four.

Kiley Zajdzinski was 2-for-3 for the Panthers, including an RBI single in the second and a run scored in the fifth on Trepanier’s home run. Jackie Beck added a double and a run scored.

Sarah DeMasi was 2-for-3 for Lockport and Haylie Arndt was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored.

“We came in this thinking we wanted revenge,” said Manteno catcher Sammy Beckwith, who has been playing with Stulga and Trepanier since she was 9. “We were the only Class 3A school here and we wanted to prove something and I think we did.”



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