Softball: Lockport beats St. Charles North, ties New Trier
By Matt Harness For Sun-Times Media April 12, 2014 9:58PM
Lockport had to settle for a win and another four innings of what amounted to practice on Saturday.
The Porters beat St. Charles North 10-3 in the middle game of a round-robin before playing host New Trier to a 2-2 tie in a game called because of darkness after four innings.
Lockport got production from the bottom of its order to beat the North Stars in the second game of the afternoon. Left fielder Alli Howard, the team’s No. 8 hitter, went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs. Right fielder Sara Koniewicz finished 3-for-4 with two RBI and one run.
Tied through two innings, Lockport (5-3) scored three in the top of the third, one in the fourth and one in the fifth for a 6-2 lead.
Abby Howlet hit a solo home run for St. Charles North (5-4) in the loss.
“We did a good job of putting the ball in play and moving runners around,” said Lockport coach Marissa Chovanec, whose team had 17 hits. “It was one of our better offensive games of the season.”
Center fielder and leadoff hitter Kelli Pattison had three hits for the Porters.
In the opener, New Trier scored five of its seven runs with two outs and played an error-free game in the field to earn a 7-3 win over St. Charles North.
Senior right-hander Lauren Secaras pitched six innings, and junior left fielder Laura Bagan hit a solo homer to spark the Trevians (5-1) with a five-run, game-changing second inning.
Bagan’s home run to start the bottom of the second tied the game at 3-all, and the Trevians added four more runs, including three with two outs. Two of the runs came on a two-out error in the outfield.
“We made mistakes, and we missed our opportunities,” St. Charles North coach Tom Poulin said after the first game of the three-team round robin. “We gave them some opportunities and they took advantage. It’s uncharacteristic of us, but it has become characteristic this week. We have to nip that in the bud.
“You can’t play that way against a team like New Trier.”
Despite getting their leadoff batter on base in each of the final three innings, the North Stars (5-3) couldn’t cut into New Trier’s advantage. Senior right-hander Allison Quigley pitched a scoreless seventh, although she allowed the first two batters to reach base.
Quigley, the team’s ace, was helped out by senior shortstop Meg Neuhaus’ unassisted double play at second base to end the game.
“I was playing a little deeper than usual,” said Neuhaus, who dove to her left for the catch before tagging the base for the second out. “After I made the catch, I saw I could get the runner out, too. It was a fun way to finish.”
St. Charles North took a 3-2 lead in the second on senior pitcher Sabrina Rabin’s three-run triple with two outs.
Rabin suffered the loss in the circle, going all seven innings.