Three more homers, one more win for Barrington
The home run parade continued for Barrington's softball team on Thursday at the Fields of Dreams.
So did the Fillies' winning streak in the Mid-Suburban League.
Barrington's 23rd, 24th and 25th home runs of the season helped spark a 10-2 victory over visiting Conant and marked the Fillies' 10th straight league win dating back to last season.
For the first time since 2007, when it set a single-season school record for home runs with 30, Barrington (17-1, 7-0) has seen every player in the starting lineup hit a home run.
Senior catcher Raegan Fingerman made that possible when she led off the bottom of the fourth with her first homer of the season. The center-field blast cut the Cougars' lead in half at 2-1.
The two-time defending league champs (6-4, 2-2) had gone ahead in the third inning when sophomore Hailey Rothstein lined a two-out bases-loaded single to center scoring Sarah Thompson and Elisa Ambrose.
Fingerman's homer ignited a 4-run fourth for the Fillies that was capped by senior Sam Rosenfeld's 3-run homer over the right-field fence.
"That was awesome when she (Fingerman) hit her homer," said Rosenfeld, the Fillies' No. 9 hitter who has 17 RBI and 2 homers. "We were so excited that everyone in the lineup has hit a homer and hopefully we can get more.
"We all know we can hit well so we didn't worry when we fell behind. We are a good hitting team and we are confident in ourselves."
Fingerman also caught the game for Keenan Dolezal, who went the first 5 innings to notch her 12th win against only one loss.
Cassidy Kraimer (5-0) worked the final two innings, entering the game with a 9-2 lead thanks to the Fillies' 5-run fifth inning.
In that inning, the left-handed hitting Rosenfeld (2-for-3, 5 RBI) almost had her second homer of the day as her blast hit off the center field fence for a 2-run double.
"Sam is a multidimensional offensive player for us," said Barrington coach Perry Peterson about the designated player who was a right-handed hitter until she was 14 years old. "She can be a slapper when we need her to be or she can drive the ball when we need, as we saw this game."
The Fillies fans also saw the second home run in as many days by center fielder Tess Bolger.
One day after belting a walk-off grand slam against Palatine, Bolger (2-for-3, 3 RBI) connected for a 3-run homer over the center-field fence to give the Fillies a 9-2 lead.
Katie Dehnert (2-for-4) scored Barrington's final run in the sixth inning on an error after she reached with a one-out single to center.
Fingerman (3-for-4, RBI) ended up as the only player in the game with 3 hits.
After Cougars' first baseman Telly Hunter made a nifty grab on her foul ball in the first inning, Fingerman came back with the home run and a pair of singles.
"I remember a while back coach Peterson telling us about the 2007 team that went downstate and how all the girls on that team had a home run," Fingerman said. "It was just something I thought was pretty cool. But I never really thought about our team doing it.
"It's just not something we focus one. We are all just focused on getting hits and it just happens that 25 have gone over the fence."
Conant had 7 hits in the game, and twice had the bases loaded.
Dolezal was able to make sure the damage was minimal.
"I try to calm her down," Fingerman said. "But I believe in her. And I know she can get out of those situations because she has proved it a ton of times before. I have a lot faith in her."
Morgan Olszewski (2-for-4 2 RBI) and Erin Ward (2-for-3) were also multiple hitters for Barrington.
Catcher Miranda Cavin went 2-for-4 for the Cougars, who also had hits from Thompson, Rothstein, Hunter, freshman pitcher Kali Schumacher (3-3) and DeeDee Durr.
"We have to learn to use our momentum better," said Conant coach Cathyann Smith, whose team hosts Hersey today. "Credit to Barrington. They have excellent hitters.
"We have to come back and work as a team. The girls have it in them. We have to come out more unified in our next conference games."
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