Sam Golf did a little bit of everything Friday in leading her Crystal Lake South softball team to a 7-2 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win over Huntley in Crystal Lake.
Golf tossed a 5-hitter with 8 strikeouts and no walks as the Gators moved to 10-2 overall on the season and 1-1 in the Valley. She also had a double, triple, an RBI and 2 runs scored and had 4 putouts and 2 assists.
And Gators' coach Scott Busam couldn't be happier with his senior standout, especially with Golf's senior classmate Hannah Mahoney still out with a back injury.
"Until Hannah is healthy again Golf is our senior pitcher," said Busam, whose team has also received a solid effort in the circle from freshman Hailee Massie. "She goes out and does what we expect her to do. She keeps it down and changes speeds and she defends her position as well as anyone. She can hit and run the bases. She's the complete athlete for us right now."
Huntley got to Golf (4-0) for a run in the first inning when sophomore Angela Tribuzio singled home junior Randi Peterson, who had singled and went to second on an error.
The Gators came back and took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the second and never looked back. They scored their 3 runs in the inning without a hit. Liz Adams, who was 2-for-3 with an RBI, 2 runs scored and 4 stolen bases, led off with a walk, took second when Huntley booted Alli Bochet's grounder, stole third and scored on a wild pitch. After Lindsay Popp walked, Bochet scored on another wild pitch. Popp then scored on Lauren Gauger's groundout.
The Gators added 2 runs in the third, Golf's double driving in Sam McLean, who had walked, and Golf scoring on an Adams single. South added its final 2 runs in the fifth. Golf tripled and scored on a wild pitch. Adams then singled, stole second and scored on an error.
Huntley's only other run came in the third when sophomore Brittany Koss beat out a topper in front of the plate, went to second on a wild pitch, stole third and scored on Tara Lycos' sacrifice fly.
Other than that, Golf and her senior batterymate Adams had Huntley's hitters off stride all day with a mix of pitches and locations.
"My screwball was the pitch e relied on with two strikes and Liz is really good at knowing where the batters are standing and setting up locations," Golf said.
Ashley Laxner suffered the loss for the Red Raiders (3-10, 0-2). Freshman Haley Spannraft pitched the final 3 innings, allowing 2 runs on 2 hits with 3 strikeouts and 2 walks.
"There are some things we can take away from this," said Huntley coach Mark Petryniec. "Every day is a learning experience. We just want to grow and get better every day. We need to work on some defensive things and all we can do is as them to improve each day.
"Hats off to Sam today. She really pitched well. And she made some defensive plays that were difference-makers.