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Taylor Koenigs' decision to paint a black mask on her face seemed appropriate considering she and her Stevenson softball teammates were playing at the Chicago Bandits' stadium. Diagonal stripes accompanied a line that stretched from the sophomore shortstop's forehead to her chin. "I brought the eye black," said Koenigs, whose look matched that of her double-play partner, Patriots second baseman Jordan Cortesi. "It brings the motivation up. Keeps us pumped." Funny, it was Vernon Hills that threatened to steal victory Friday night. Instead, Stevenson, which got 2 triples and 4 RBI from its masked-girl Koenigs, escaped with a 6-3 win in the teams' North Suburban Conference crossover played at The Ballpark at Rosemont.