As the leadoff batter for one of the top softball teams in the state, Tess Bolger knows her role.
"Coach P (Perry Peterson) just wants me to get on base," said the senior outfielder. "And let my teammates see a lot of pitches."
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Running the count to 3-2 in her first at-bat Friday, Bolger sure succeeded in the latter.
As for the former, she didn't get on any base.
She reached home plate.
Bolger led off the bottom of the first with her second homer of the season clearing the center field fence.
Seniors Loren Krzysko and Sam Rosenfeld also belted the ball over the fence in the third inning as the Fillies improved to 13-0 and 4-0 in the Mid-Suburban West with a 19-1 five-inning triumph over visiting Hoffman Estates (2-5, 2-1).
The Fillies' 3 home runs give them 20 for the season, 10 shy of the school record 30.
"We just try to hit the ball hard every game," said Bolger of the Fillies' home run parade this season. "The most important thing is that everyone is hitting, one through nine. We had 19 hits and they come from everyone."
Multiple-hitting Fillies were Bolger (2-for-2, home run, 3 RBI), Krzysko (3-for-4, double, home run, 4 RBI), Rosenfeld (3-for-3, home run, 2 RBI), Krista Moore (2-for-4, double, 2 RBI), Alexa Rebecca (2-for-2, double), Katie Dehnert (2-for-3, double, 2 RBI) and Erin Ward (2-for-3, double, 2 RBI). Teammate Morgan Olszewski doubled.
Rosenfeld, who recently collected her first varsity RBI, belted her first homer with a solo shot over the center field fence.
She knew it was leaving the park the minute it hit off the bat.
"It's funny because we had been talking about how we were going to try and get everyone on the team a home run," Rosenfeld said. "And now I've got one."
Leading the pack is Krzysko, whose 3-run blast, also to center field, was the 32nd of her career and eighth of the season.
Senior pitcher Cassidy Kraimer ran her record to 4-0 with the five-inning win in which she struck out two and walked one while working with senior catcher Raegan Fingerman.
Hoffman Estates had 5 hits, including a 2-for-2 effort from junior Natalie Biddle and double by classmate Kaileen Hendle.
The Hawks scored in the top of the fourth on freshman pitcher Tracy Osimowicz's RBI groundout.