St. Viator became the first team in the Northwest suburbs to play a softball game outdoors this season.
The Lions accomplished the feat by moving their games to the synthetic turf at Melas Park in Mount Prospect -- where they swept a doubleheader from Northridge Prep by scores of 6-5 and 9-3 on Saturday.
St. Viator coach Dan Twarog received contributions from everyone on his roster in both wins, as the young Lions capitalized on some timely hitting and swift defense.
"It wasn't bad for only practicing in a gym the last few weeks," said Twarog, a graduate of St. Viator who is now in his 10th season.
Trailing 2-0 after one inning, St. Viator erupted for 5 runs in the bottom of the second in Game 1.
Junior Tess Kaiser led off with a single and Martha Hayes (2-for-2) followed with a bunt single.
The runners took second and third on a wild pitch, and Taylor Noll (2 RBI) drove home Kaiser.
Maggie McGuire's bunt single gave the Lions two runners on base again before Gina Mastrodomenico (2-3, 3 RBI) belted a 3-run homer.
Michelle Presslak capped the scoring in the inning with a solo homer to left.
Presslak and Lauen Prazuch also had 2 hits for Viator.
Winning pitcher Sam Hogan struck out five while tossing a complete game.
Hogan (2-0) also notched the win in Game 2, as the junior struck out nine in a contest that was stopped after five innings because of cold weather.
Hogan also went 2-for-3 at the plate, while Presslak (2-for-4) hit her second home run to lead the Lions' 16-hit attack.
Hayes started the scoring with a line-drive single that scored Hogan and Lauren Prazuch after two outs in the first inning.
Noll (2-for-3, 2 RBI)) and Kaiser (3-for-3) also collected mutiple hits.
Lions freshman Olivia Michalik got her first varsity hit.
Northwest suburban area softball action will continue indoors Wednesday at 11 a.m. when Buffalo Grove and Niles West play a doubleheader at the Rosemont Dome.Copyright © 2014 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.