It wasn't Alyssa Sclafani's 10th homer of the year, but it may have been a bigger hit than the 9 long balls.
Sclafani, Montini's freshman catcher, hit a bases-clearing 3-run triple to deep center field, rallying the Broncos to a 5-3 win over Antioch at Saturday's Bandits Jamboree in Rosemont.
Sclafani's blast, with the Broncos trailing 3-1, just missed going out in the 220-foot dimensions to center. She also scored on the play when the throw sailed high.
"I was focused before I went to the plate, and I knew what I had to do," Sclafani said. "It was a great feeling."
Fellow freshman Zoe Dannenberg (7-2) threw 22⁄3 innings shutout innings for the win. She worked out of a two-on, one-out jam in the sixth, then escaped the same situation in the seventh with big help from her defense. With two out shortstop Cristina Barrett made a diving stop of a hard-hit ball, threw home and Sclafani executed the game-ending run down with a throw to third.
Barrett was just released Thursday from the hospital after suffering a hyperextended elbow.
"It's nice to have her back," Montini coach Richie Costante said.
Barret also had 2 hits and scored twice for Montini (24-10), which snapped a four-game losing streak in a week of challenging nonconference contests.
"I set these games up against quality teams to get us ready for the playoffs," Costante said. "It's nice to come ot on top of a close game, because we haven't had that luxury lately."
York 6, Richards 4:
Isabella Jaeger's sixth-inning double scored Audrey Kosman, snapping a 4-4 tie at the Bandits Jamboree. Sarah Milkowski was 3-for-4 with a double, run scored and 2 RBI for the Dukes (18-14). Brooke Bandy threw four innings of shutout relief for the win.
Waubonsie Valley 2, Lincoln-Way North 1:
Shannon Hohman (19-5) threw a two-hitter with 6 strikeouts and also hit her fifth homer for No. 12 Waubonsie (23-5) at the Stone City Jamboree. Jordan Kurth singled in Mel Koulos for the Warriors' othe run.
Willowbrook 7-12, Glenbard East 2-4:
Darian Pelsor homered in both ends of the doubleheader, and Alyssa Ressinger went deep and drove in 4 runs in Game 2 to complete the sweep.
Glenbard West 3-4, Naperville North 4-3:
Michelle Cavoto followed Alexis Solak's 2-run triple with a go-ahead RBI single in the fifth inning of the first game for the Huskies (15-15). Glenbard West (17-16)) salvaged a split on the strength of a 4-run fourth inning in Game 2. Shelley Warmolts was 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored, Sarah Park 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI and Rachel Terwilliger 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.