"Bri" didn't need a breeze.
Grant junior outfielder Brianna Dreschler got a hold off a Jenn Claussen fastball Saturday morning and belted it. Her tape-measure home run helped the Bulldogs defeat host Vernon Hills 6-1 in North Suburban Prairie Division action.
"It had to be 30-40 feet over the fence," Grant coach Mike Dolezal said. "She just crushed one. It was a liner, too."
The game was the completion of a recent game that was suspended due to rain. The game resumed in the third inning with Grant leading 1-0.
In addition to her second homer of the season, Dreschler also doubled. Bulldogs pitcher Caitlyn Moran aided her own cause with 2 triples. Kayla Uhwat also had a double for Grant (8-6, 4-1).
Moran struck out 11, didn't walk a batter and allowed only 5 hits. Claussen rang up 10 strikeouts.
Vernon Hills fell to 1-8 overall and 1-3 in the NSC Prairie.
Antioch 5, Zion-Benton 4 (11 inn.): Amber Luptak, courtesy running for winning pitcher Katie Phillips, scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th on an errant throw into the outfield, and the visiting Sequoits won the North Suburban Conference crossover to snap a four-game losing streak.
Kaytee Keefe was 3-for-5 for Antioch (11-7), which got 2 hits from Sage Keyes. Jessica Tyrell had a double and an RBI, and Taylor Schiltz smacked a triple. Phillips went the distance in the circle, striking out nine, while allowing 3 earned runs and 5 hits.
Mundelein 8, Hersey 4: Maddie Zazas went 3-for-3 with 2 doubles, 3 runs scored, a walk, an RBI and a stolen base for the visiting Mustangs in the nonconference game.
Mundelein (15-3) received 2-for-4 performances from Abbey Rosenow (RBI), Maria DeVito (double, 4 RBI), Maggie Mahar and winning pitcher Erin Kennelly (RBI).
The Mustangs broke open a 3-3 game by scoring 5 runs in the fourth. Kennelly allowed 3 earned runs, struck out three and walked two in going the distance in the circle.
Warren 9, Grayslake North 2: The visiting Blue Devils received 2 hits apiece from Jill Fox, Sam Belletini and Megan Scott, as they rebounded after losing to Zion-Benton on Friday.
Belletini doubled, while sophomore Shannon McKeon tripled and knocked in a run. Warren (12-4) had its 10-game winning streak snapped with Friday's defeat.
Grayslake North got 2 hits and a stolen base from Maddie Terlap and a double from Kayla Switalla.
Stevenson sweeps Prospect: Abby O'Connor did it again.
The Stevenson junior became the first girl ever to hit a second home run over the fence on the Patriots' field. Just recently, O'Connor become the first Stevenson player to pull off the feat and just the third ever.
Her homer came in the opening game of the Patriots' nonconference doubleheader. Stevenson beat the Knights 9-2 and 10-4, giving the Patriots an 11-6 record and one more victory than they had all of last season.
The defense of junior Katelyn Noronha highlighted Game 2 for Stevenson.
Playing right field, Noronha caught a slicing flyball and doubled the runner off first base. Two innings later, playing second base, Noronha grabbed a groundball, tagged the runner and threw to first to complete another double play.
Noronha added a hit and an RBI at the plate.
Sophomore Lindsey Micucci earned the win in Game 2, pitching all 7 innings. Stevenson got 2 hits apiece from Lexi Yonkovic (3 runs), Sara Loerch (3 runs, RBI) and Jordan Cortesi (3 RBI). O'Connor had 3 RBI and a single.
Stevenson hit 2 home runs in the opener, as Taylor Koenigs legged out an inside-the-park shot. O'Connor, whose homer cleared the fence in left-center field, finished 3-for-4 with 4 RBI. Freshman Trisha Porzycki went 3-for-3, while Koenigs (3 runs, 2 RBI) and Loerch (2 RBI) had 2 hits apiece.
Sam Feder was the winning pitcher, allowing just 1 earned run and striking out five in a complete-game effort.
Carmel sweeps Joliet Catholic: The Corsairs won a pair of East Suburban Catholic Conference games on their home diamond, 18-1 and 5-1.
Carmel pounded out 18 hits in the first game, as Dani Delozier went 4-for-4 with a double, Sam Melillo finished 3-for-5 with a double, and Amanda Elert homered and knocked in 3 runs.
The Corsairs also got big production from Claire Petrus (2-for-3, double), Amy Abel (2-for-3), Sarah Koesser (double), Jenny Behan (2-for-4, double, 2 RBI) and Kathleen Felicelli (2-for-4, 3 RBI). Nicole Bitter earned the win.
Melillo was 2-for-3 in the other game, while Koesser doubled. Behan had a single and 2 RBI, and Felicelli was 2-for-3. Mia Dicara pitched all 7 innings, striking out 10 and allowing 5 hits.
The doubleheader sweep improved Carmel's record to 12-5 overall and 5-2 in the ESCC.
Barrington sweeps Libertyville: Barrington's bats belted their way into school softball history at the Fields of Dreams.
While sweeping a doubleheader from visiting Libertyville 11-1 and 12-4, the Fillies slugged 5 more home runs and now have 33 for the season, breaking the former mark of 30 set by the 2007 team that finished second in the Class AA state tourney
Antioch's 2010 team and O'Fallon's 2011 squad hold the IHSA record for most home runs in a season with 51 apiece.
Fittingly enough, it was senior third baseman Loren Krzysko's 3-run blast in the second inning of Game 1 that set the Fillies' school record.
The Arkansas-bound Krzysko (3-for-3, 2 homers, triple, 5 RBI) is also the school's all-time homer run leader with 35.
She also hit the Fillies' 29th homer in the first inning before Raegan Fingerman (2-for-3, RBI) hit the record tying 30th moments later in the same inning.
Maggie O'Hara (2-for-2, 3 RBI) also had a homer in the second inning, giving Barrington four in the game.
Sam Rosenfeld went 2-for-2 and scored a run for the Fillies while teammate Tess Bolger had a double.
Sophomore Keenan Dolezal picked up the five-inning win with 6 strikeouts and 1 walk.
In Game 2, Katie Dehnert (3-for-4, double, RBI) belted her second homer of the season.
Rosenfeld (3-for-4, RBI) and Alexa Rebecca (2-for-4, triple, 4 RBI) were other multiple hitters for the Fillies. Krista Moore and Erin Ward also doubled for the Fillies, who improved to 20-1, becoming the 21st straight team to win 20 or more games under coach Perry Peterson.
Dolezal (14-1) also notched the win in Game 2, striking out six and walking one in the final 5 innings.
Libertyville got a home run from Tayler Oberman.