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West Aurora scores early and late in DVC opener

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The Upstate Eight Conference had a sneak peek of its soon-to-be two newest members Monday afternoon in Aurora.

West Aurora scored five times in the opening two innings and added another 5-run outburst in the bottom of the sixth inning to ease to an 11-3 softball victory over Glenbard East in the schools' DuPage Valley Conference opener.

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The two programs will be departing the league at the end of the school year to join the Upstate Eight.

Cara Jimenez staked West Aurora (11-4, 1-0) to a lead never to be surrendered with a first-inning solo home run over the right-center field fence.

Taylor Podschweit, who capped the Blackhawks' scoring with a 2-run single in the sixth inning, doubled the lead moments later with a one-hopper off the left-field fence.

"I was just looking to get on base," said Jimenez, who cracked her third homer of the spring. "It was a good hit. I wasn't expecting it."

Glenbard East (2-7, 0-1) unraveled on defense in the second inning, enabling West Aurora to pad its lead to 5-0 on 3 unearned runs.

Laura Kovanic and Jimenez were credited with RBI during the inning.

West Aurora starter Kaylee Hayton (5-3) faced the minimum seven batters through two and a third, but back-to-back walks left her vulnerable in the Rams' third.

"Kaylee had to adjust after she was called for some illegal pitches," West Aurora coach Randy Hayslett said.

DoniBrook Ross had a bases-loaded bloop single to put the Rams on the board, and Marissa West plated a pair with an opposite-field double.

But Glenbard East immediately gave back the momentum by allowing West Aurora to score without the benefit of a hit in its half of the third.

"That (run) hurt a lot," Glenbard East coach Nikki Simpson said. "You can't defend a walk."

The bats on both sides went quiet over the middle innings as Hayton allowed only 2 more hits the rest of the game.

"We started playing better defense," Hayslett said.

Hannah Beatus' double led off the Blackhawks' decisive sixth inning.

Tori Hunger had a bad-hop double two batters later, and Jimenez and Podschweit each finished with 3 RBI with their final at-bats.

"We needed to jump on the ball early to have some insurance runs late," Podschweit said.

"(Hayton) did a great job for West Aurora," Simpson said. "She kept us off-speed. She kept us off balance."

"Not the best we can play, obviously," Hayslett said. "We came back and ended on positive note."

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