After squandering two golden chances to light-up the scoreboard early, the Bartlett softball team found its stride in its Upstate Eight Conference crossover game against rival Streamwood.
The Hawks loaded the bases with one out in the first inning and loaded them again with no outs in the second but led only 2-1 after two. But a 5-run third inning helped Bartlett run away with a 10-1 victory over the visiting Sabres on Wednesday.
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"We're the kind of team that builds energy as the game goes on," said Bartlett junior Dana Paul, who went 2-for-2 with 2 RBI at the plate. "We just kept building confidence and swung the bats better."
Jessica Daley started the game for Streamwood (0-4, 0-2) in the circle and allowed 3 hits and 1 earned run in her 2 innings of work, but she issued her fourth walk of the game to Paul with one out in the third. That prompted Sabres coach Nicks Baird to bring in Kaitlyn Hedger.
Hedger walked her first Bartlett (2-1, 2-0) batter, Mindy Roberts, and Lauren Janczak followed with a solid shot to left field. The ball hit off the left fielder's glove for a three-base error which scored two. Jessica Kirby followed with an RBI fielder's choice and both Kathryn Fornoff and Kayla Haberstich added RBI singles for a 7-2 Hawks lead.
Rachel Odolski had a single and a run in that third inning which was part of her 4-for-4 performance at the plate. Odolski scored 3 runs and had 2 stolen bases.
"I saw where the holes were in their defense, and I was able to get the ball through the gaps," Odolski said.
Paul hit an RBI double in the fourth inning and both Haberstich and Alex Morales had RBI singles in the fifth for the 10-1 lead. Bartlett had 8 hits off Hedger, but 6 of the Hawks' runs were unearned as Streamwood made 5 errors.
Streamwood also squandered a golden opportunity early loading the bases with one out in the top of the first inning, but Melissa Malcolm's RBI fielder's choice represented the Sabres' lone run. Brittany Delao was 2-for-4 at the plate.
Bartlett took the lead for good at 2-1 in the bottom of the first.
"We left way too many runners on base," Baird said. "We're putting runners on, but we're not scoring them. We just weren't ready in all areas of the game."