Trailing 6-0 after three innings, Buffalo Grove's softball team chipped away at the deficit and scored its final 3 runs in the top of the seventh to post an 8-6 victory over host Schaumburg on Friday.
The big comeback allowed the Bison (10-5, 4-2) to retain first place in the Mid-Suburban East as they improved to 10-5 and 5-2 despite being outhit 14-8.
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Sophomore Julia Camardo (8-4) earned the win and also went 2-for-4 at the plate.
Her catcher Amanda Salzman was also 2-for-4 while Caitlin Catino, Dea Barton, Erin Barton and Katie Conley each had 1 hit for BG.
Hannah Kerr (4-2), who suffered the loss, went 4-for-5 at the plate while other multiple hitters for Schaumburg (10-3, 4-2) were Shannon Felde (2-for-4, double, RBI), Paige Alt (2-for-3, RBI) and Jamie Kudjer (2-for-4). Carly Brossard, Julia Bellinger, Roxanne Kakareka and Christina Candotti also had hits for the Saxons.
Conant 15, Hersey 5 (6 inn): Junior Rachel O'Malley (2-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBI) and sophomore Alissa Wachal each hit solo home runs in the second inning for host Conant (7-4, 3-2).
Other top hitters for the Cougars were Elisa Ambrose (2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBI), Miranda Cavin (3-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBI), Hailey Rothstein (2-for-3, 1 run) and Telly Hunter (3-for-3, 2 runs 3 RBI).
Sophomore Kim Zaucha (3-1) earned the win by working the first three innings.
Leading the offense for Hersey (3-8, 1-5) were Angela Schmiederer (2-for-3, double), Gina Fasolo (2-for-3, double) Michelle Helminski (2-for-3).
Palatine 4, Maine West 0: Senior Megan Hedstrom (7-4) earned her second shutout of the season and also went 3-for-4 at the plate with 2 runs and an RBI. The right-hander struck out three and did not walk a batter in the quarterfinal game of the Rolling Meadows tournament.
Other top hitters for the Pirates (8-5) were Grace Rohrwasser (2-for-2, walk), Jamie Haze (double, RBI) and Lauren Logan (double). Kenzie Craver, Courtney English and Tori Walzak also had hits for Palatine, which has won seven of its last nine games.
Brie Montmarquette went 2-for-3 for Maine West (8-2) while teammates Gina Larucci, Hanna Udischas and Sadie Argus each had 1 hit.
The Pirates will face Bartlett, a state finalist last season, in today's 2:45 p.m. semifinal.
Rolling Meadow splits: Rolling Meadows (8-8) topped Whitney Young 10-2 in the first game of its own tournament. The Mustangs Hannah Whidden threw the first six inning to post the win while the offense was led by Sam Anderson (2-for-3), Chloe Prodanovic (2-for-3), Grace Skorin (3-for-4) and Lane Winkler (3-for-4), who had 2 doubles.
McHenry blanked Meadows 5-0 behind Kristin Koepke's 3-hitter. Prodanovic, Jenny Watson and pitcher Sara Brunlieb had the Mustangs' hits. Koepke had a homer and double.
Barrington 22, Wheeling 0 (5 inn.): The Fillies (18-1, 8-0) ) hit 3 homers as Cassidy Kraimer (6-0) threw a 5-hitter against the Wildcats (5-9, 0-6).
Morgan Olszewski (2-fo-r2, 4 RBI) hit 2 homers, giving her 6 for the season, and Loren Krzysko (4-for-4, double, 5 RBI) belted her ninth.
Fillies senior catcher Raegan Fingerman went 4-for-4 with a double and 3 RBI while teammate Krista Moore was 4-for-5 with a double and RBI.
Tess Bolger, Sam Rosenfeld and Maggie O' Hara also doubled for Barrington while Alexa Rebecca had a triple.
Barrington now has 28 homers, 2 shy of the school record of 30 for a single season.
Christian Liberty 9, Lake Forest Academy 8: Junior Megan Sullivan struck out 10 as the winning pitcher Christina Liberty which scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Beth Cunningham (2-for-2), double 2 RBI, 2 stolen bases), Jenna Pavlik (3-for-3, RBI), Jess Moriarty (2-for-3), Corey Kramer (2-for-3), Hannah Miller (1-for-3, 2 RBI, 3 stolen bases) and Darby Calkins (1-for-2, RBI, 4 stolen bases) led the offense for Christian Liberty.
Hoffman drops two: Rockford Harlem edged the Hawks 1-0 at the St. Charles tournament as Hoffman pitcher Charlotte Allan allowed only 5 hits. Nicole LaBeck and Natalie Biddle had the 2 hits for the Hawks (2-9).
Maine South defeated Hoffman 5-4 by scoring 4 runs in the bottom of the fifth inning (a time limit ended the game). Sam Acosta went 3-for-3 for the Hawks.