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Softball: Three things learned

Updated: April 23, 2014 8:52PM



1. Oak Forest youth will be served. They’re up and down right now, but the 11-4 Bengals, led by the power duo of Taylor Sterkowitz and Kylie Powers, will without a doubt be one of the area’s most experienced squads in 2015. At one point in Monday’s game against Lincoln-Way East, they had an all-freshman outfield, a freshman in the circle and all non-seniors at the other positions. Time is on their side.

2. Rylie Jay has sharp ears. That’s to go along with a gun for a right arm and a bat that can make a ball explode. The Lemont shortstop made the play of the game against Tinley Park when she reeled in an errant throw, heard the third base coach’s directions to his baserunner and nailed her at third. All that hype when she was a freshman? It’s real.

3. Don’t be fooled. Lincoln-Way East coach Elizabeth Pawlicki said Monday that struggling Sandburg was a team that’s going to be dangerous later in the season. The Eagles were trouble the next day for the Griffins, beating them 3-1 behind the 12-strikeout, one-hit effort by Sarah Herold to improve to 9-7. Katie Krzus, Lauren McCaughey and Briana Soltis have all come to life offensively for the Eagles.

Tony Baranek



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