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Softball: Kim Baffin steps up for Reavis

Updated: May 25, 2014 3:17PM



When the wind is blowing out, keeping the ball down is critical for a pitcher.

Kim Baffin did that and more Monday in one of Reavis’ biggest wins of the season.

The junior kept Hinsdale Central off balance with a steady diet of changeups, notching six strikeouts and getting a large majority of Red Devils to pound the ball into the ground in a 5-3 victory.

“Kim was able to throw three pitches for strikes consistently, so I was confident calling any pitch in any situation,” Reavis coach Jim Meskill said. “She did a great job against a good team.”

With the victory Baffin, who pitches behind staff ace Ally Balandis, improved to 2-0.

Bouncing back

On the one hand, April 7 might have been a low point for Mother McAuley, which was trounced by Providence on its own field in a 10-0 five-inning whitewash.

On the other, it might have been one of the best things that could have happened.

Since then, the Mighty Macs are 8-0, their latest conquests a 5-2 win Monday over talented Tinley Park and a 15-0 slaughter Tuesday of De La Salle.

Kara Bischoff, Amy Balich and Morgan Fleming all socked home runs for McAuley (11-3) against Tinley.

“After the Providence game they were angry,” Macs coach Colleen Kilduff said. “They knew they were beter than what they showed that day.

“I didn’t give them a huge speech or make them run a bunch. I simply posted a quote on the door to their locker room challenging them: ‘Every team fails, it’s the great ones that get back up.’ ”

Long-ball Bobcats

Beecher’s 12-1 victory Tuesday over Momence was its 13th straight. At 15-4, the Bobcats are hitting the ball with authority with 14 homers as a team. Freshman Taylor Johnson leads the way with eight, plus a robust 32 RBI.

There also is plenty of hitting beyond the round-trippers. Isabella Woodslayer has a .661 on-base percentage, while Sydney Zupan is hitting an even .500, Savannah Stluka .455 and Emily Landis .400.

Sarah Crews (7-1) heads the pitching staff.

“We have some really good opponents coming up, which will definitely tell us where we are as a team,” Bobcats coach Kevin Hayhurst said.

Beecher has early May dates vs. Peotone, Tinley Park, New Trier, Oak Forest, Marian Catholic and Sandburg.

Player of the Week

Emily Wetzel, of Richards, is the SouthtownStar Softball Player of the Week.

The junior hit .800 for the week, including 5-for-5 against Eisenhower and 3-for-3 with two homers vs. Shepard.



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