No. 1 Naperville Central tied a program regular-season win record and remained unbeaten in a close call Tuesday in Wheaton, rallying past Wheaton North 8-5 in eight innings.
Lindsay Gonzalez led off the Redhawks' eighth with a double, Maddi Doane doubled her in with the go-ahead run and an out later Lisa Tassi doubled in Doane.
Naperville Central (26-0, 10-0 DuPage Valley Conference), which matched the 1989 and 2009 teams that both went to state for the most regular-season wins, trailed 5-3 after a 4-run Falcons fourth but tied it with a pair in the fifth. Katie Lamich doubled and scored on a Kaitlyn Skarecky single, and with two outs Tassi scored on a double steal.
Tassi was 4-for-5, Laura Dierking 4-for-4, Doane 3-for-4 and Keegan Hayes (17-0) threw 4 innings of shutout relief for the Redhawks, who can clinch at least a share of the DVC by beating Glenbard North today.
Hadley Pfalzgraf had a double and a single and Kat Meyer and Bree Zbilski 2 singles apiece for Wheaton North.
Lake Park 8, South Elgin 3:
Kelly O'Neill hit a tying homer in a 3-run fifth inning, and Shannon Fritsche added a pair of insurance runs with a 2-run shot in the sixth for the No. 12 Lancers (20-7, 10-3 Upstate Eight Conference), who remained a game back of Bartlett in the UEC Valley race. Kara Rodriguez's 3-run homer gave South Elgin a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth, but O'Neill answered with a solo shot, Fritsche singled and winning pitcher Danielle Jecmen singled in Fritsche with the go-ahead run. Sam Cummings followed with an RBI double.
Fenwick 4, Benet 3:
The Friars scored an unearned run in the eighth to hand the No. 3 Redwings (16-4, 9-3 East Suburban Catholic Conference) their second loss in as many days. Maeve McGuire hit her sixth homer of the year for Benet, which had two runners on in the seventh inning of a tie game, but couldn't bring them home.
On a positive note, further tests on Benet sophomore Stephanie Abello's wrist confirms that there is no break. It is not yet known when Abello will return to the Redwings lineup.
Glenbard South 21, Ridgewood 1:
Hannah Taylor, Jane Trzaska, Ashley Cohen and Ashton Cattenhead all homered for the No. 7 Raiders (18-3, 9-0 Metro Suburban Conference).