Jamie Deering welcomed the warm summerlike conditions.
So did the rest of the Cary-Grove hitters.
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Going 2-for-2 with 4 RBI, Deering led a 10-hit attack as the Trojans cruised past Huntley 10-0 in a 5-inning Fox Valley Conference Valley Conference Division softball game in Cary Wednesday afternoon.
"I felt very comfortable at the plate," said Deering. "I really saw the ball well at the plate. We as a team have really been working hard in practice with our hitting. It really paid off today. We really meshed as a team today."
Deering started the scoring for the Trojans (14-2, 4-1) with a sacrifice fly in the first inning which scored Lisa Semro, who led off the inning with a single.
Deering gave the Trojans a 2-run cushion in the third with an RBI double.
Cary-Grove seized control of the game with 7 runs in the fourth, sending 11 hitters to the plate. Deering's 2-run single was the key hit in the inning. Semro, Amy Clemment, Caroline Zasadil and Beata Krembuszewski also contributed RBI singles in the inning,
"It was nice to see us swing the bats the way we did today," said Cary-Grove coach Tammy Olson. "We had awesome at-bats today. We got runners over and got runners in."
Other than Deering's effort at the plate, Semro was 3-for-4 with 2 RBI for the Trojans.
Huntley, which squandered scoring opportunities in all five innings, had its best chance to score in the third.
Trailing only 1-0, Haley Spannraft led off with a single which was followed by a walk to Miranda Peterson and a hit by Megan Baczewski to load the bases with nobody out.
The next hitter, Angela Tribuzio, hit a sharp grounder to Cary-Grove third baseman Caitlyn Adams, who threw to catcher Sarah Leudo for the force at home. Lauren Stanley retired the next 2 hitters on strikeouts.
The Cary-Grove junior, in 5 innings of work, struck out 3, walked 2 and hit a batter. She blanked the Red Raiders on 7 hits.
Huntley (14-7, 2-5), which left 9 runners on base, got 2 hits each from Spannraft and Baczewski.