Prospect's softball team started out its Mid-Suburban League schedule on Wednesday in Mt. Prospect with a 2-0 shutout over defending conference champion Barrington.
Sophomore Delilah Malczewski (3-0) threw a 2-hitter with 4 strikeouts and no walks. She faced 23 batters and got 10 on groundouts.
Prospect scored its first run when Rachel Trebswether reached on an infield error. With two outs, Angela Roman (1-for-2), walk) lined a double over the right fielder's head that one-hopped the fence to score Trebswether.
The Knights (3-3, 1-0) added their insurance run in the fifth inning, once again with two outs.
Emily Saenz led off by reaching on an infield error. She advanced to second on an infield out.
Casey Lenski fought off an inside pitch for a soft single into center to score Saenz for the 2-0 lead.
Emma Gilhooly had the other hit for the Knights.
Erin Ward and Liz Sweeney had the only hits for Barrington (7-4, 0-1).
"Not only did Delilah pitch a great game, but our defense was outstanding by not allowing a runner to reach second base," said Prospect coach Jim Adair. "We've been telling the girls all season that this is what we can do. We took advantage of the opportunities we got and we're looking forward to playing even better the rest of the season."
Hersey 7, Palatine 6: Junior Cassie Zouras chose quite a time for her first varsity home run.
With two-outs in the bottom of the seventh, the Hersey junior first baseman belted a 2-1 pitch for a solo walk-off home run over the right-center field fence.
Hersey's only multiple hitter was catcher Angela Schmiederer, who went 2-for-4.
Freshman Kaitlyn Denten (5-2) struck out five while tossing a 6-hitter for the win.
Victoria Parrott was 2-for-4 the visiting Pirates who led 5-1 before Hersey scored 5 runs (4 with two outs) in the bottom of the fifth inning, highlighted by Kat Surma's 2-run double.
"It was a great win," said Hersey coach Molly Freeman whose team is 5-3-1. "The girls are fighters."
Nora Walsh and Emily Grififn each doubled for Palatine (3-9, 0-1).
Conant 14, Wheeling 0 (5 inn.): Senior Rachel O'Malley (3-for-4, double), junior DeeDee Durr (2-for-3, home run) and junior Hailey Rothstein (3-for-3, triple, 2 doubles) led the offense for Conant (4-0, 1-0). Sophomore Kalie Schumacher (1-0) earned the win.
Megan Olsen had the only hit for the host Wildcats (0-4, 0-1).
Fremd 14, Rolling Meadows 2: Visiting Fremd (6-2, 1-0) led 3-2 after three innings but pushed across 5 runs in the fourth and 6 in the top of the seventh.
Senior Joanna Josten (5-1) struck out four while her sister Julie Josten belted a home run while going 2-for-4.
Other top hitters for the Vikings were Leigh Farina (3-for-4), Tracy Welninski (2-for-3), Abbi Iurio (2-for-3), Alyssa Garcia (2-for-5 and Kayla Kaufman (double).
Leading the offense for Meadows (1-8, 0-1) were Jenny Watson (2-for-4), pitcher Lauren Hattory (1-for-2, RBI) and Chloe Prodanovic (1-for-3, RBI), who was making her first appearance since March 21 (hip injury).
Buffalo Grove 9, Hoffman Estates 2: Emily Carnes (3-for-4), Katie Conley (2-for-4, double), Caitlin Catino (3 runs) and Cassie May (double, 2 RBI) were the offensive leaders for host Buffalo Grove (4-4, 1-0), which received a 6-hitter from junior ace Julia Camardo (3-2), who struck out five.
Sophomore Tracy Osimowicz went 3-for-4 for the Hawks (4-4, 0-1).
Maine West 15, Maine East 4 (6 inn.): Maine West's Anna Wilieko (1-2) earned the win with 5 strikeouts while Kassy Entona recorded the save, striking out three as the visiting Warriors (4-6, 1-0) opened play in the CSL North.
Kayla Pociejewski led the Warriors offense by going 4-4 with a pair of 3-run home runs.
Monica Liwag was 4-for-5 with 4 runs and 2 RB while Annemarie Weber went 3-5 with 2 RBI.