With one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, Wheeling junior catcher Megan Olsen singled to right to drive home Nikki Mikosz from second base for the winning run in the Wildcats' 8-7 victory over Hersey at Heritage Park on Wednesday.
The host Wildcats improved to 3-7 and 2-2 in the Mid-Suburban East softball standing as senior Katie Quagliano earned the win with 5 strikeouts in 9 innings.
Mikosz ended up 1-for-2 with 3 walks.
Her hit was a rocket to straightaway center field that sailed over the 20-foot fence.
"She crushed it," said Wildcats coach Mike Caringella. "I can't even estimate how far it went."
Lauren Hart went 4-for-4 for the Wildcats with 2 doubles and 3 RBI while Alexa Orlando contributed a sacrifice fly.
Top hitters for Hersey (7-6-1, 1-3) were Payton Anderskow (2-for-5), Alysia Zaucha (2-for-5), Kate Wingerer (2-for-5), Michelle Helminski (2-for-5), pitcher Kaitlyn Denten (3-for-5) and Jessica Schmiederer (2-for-4).
Conant 12, Hoffman Estates 0 (5 inn.): Alissa Wachal (3-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBI), DeeDee Durr (2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBI) and Rachel O'Malley each hit home runs for the host Cougars (8-0, 5-0) in the MSL Wets contest.
Other multiple hitters for the Cougars were Hailey Rothstein (2-for-4, RBI, 1 run), who hit 2 doubles, and Sara Neumann (3-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 runs).
Dream Aaron, Kim Zaucha and Neumann also had doubles for the Cougars, who received a 1-hitter and 2 strikeouts from winning pitcher Zaucha (3-0).
Sam Acosta had the only hit for Hoffman (6-6, 2-3).
Elk Grove 9, Prospect 3: Brianna Leach (4-for-4, 3 doubles, walk, 2 RBI), Marjorie Sloan (2-for-5, 2 RBI), Abbey Sloan (2-for-3, double) and Megan Eul (2-for-4) were multiple hitters for the visiting Grens (14-3, 3-2).
Teammates Alex Masnica and Becca Maher tripled while Alex Masnica and Aleece Duffy also had doubles.
Emma Riordan went 2-for-3 with 2 doubles for Prospect (3-9, 1-4).
Teammate Ally Schuldt had an RBI single to left center and she also scored a run on a RBI groundout by Casey Lenski.
Emily Saenz also scored a run for Prospect on Emma Gilhooly's sacrifice fly to left center.
Sophomore Angela Roman also doubled for the Knights.
"We gave up way too many hits but I was pleased with how we hit in the later innings." said Prospect coach Jim Adair. "What I'm most proud of is that the girls didn't quit. When you're down 6 early, there's a tendency to want to start thinking about the next practice or the next game.
"But my team hung in there and kept battling. I know the girls are frustrated right now, but we'll be OK as long as we realize that we're in a slump right now, and that slumps don't last forever."
Knights pitcher Delilah Malczewski is 3-3 while Grens ace Megan Eul raised her record to 10-2.
Barrington 10, Palatine 2: Freshman Rachel Krzysko's fifth home run of the season was a grand slam in the fourth inning which gave the Fillies (12-5, 4-1) a 4-2 lead and they never looked back.
They added 6 runs in the fifth inning and finished the game with 13 hits.
Leading the offense were Carly Kordich (2-for-3, double, 1 run), Kat Panos (2-for-3, 2 runs), Jenna Fingerman (2-for-3, RBI) and Katie Dehnert (2-for-4, RBI).
Junior Keenan Dolezal (11-5) threw a 4-hitter with 11 strikeouts to earn the win over the Pirates (3-12, 0-4).
Buffalo Grove 10, Rolling Meadows 3: Dea Barton (2-for-5) belted a 2-run homer in BG's 7-run first inning and the host Bison (6-6, 3-2) never looked back with junior Julia Camardo earning the win.
Caitlin Catino went 4-for-4 with 2 doubles for the Bison while other multiple hitters were Jasmine Avalos (2-for-4), Katie Conley (2-for-3, double) and Emily Carnes (2-for-4, double). Cassie May also had a double for the hosts.
Grace Skorin (2-for-3, double) and Lane Winkler (2-for-4) led the Mustangs (3-12, 0-4).
St. Viator 5, Nazareth 4: For the second time in three days, the Lions rallied with two outs in the sixth inning to edge Nazareth.
Tess Kaiser, Gina Mastrodomenico and Olivia Michalik hit three consecutive doubles in the top of the sixth to give the visiting Lions a 5-3 lead in the East Suburban Catholic Conference game in LaGrange.
Trailing 3-1, Kristen Hackel singled in a run bringing the Lions within one before the 3 doubles.
Nazareth got 1 run back in their half of the sixth but two terrific defensive plays by Kaiser and Martha Hayes ended the rally with the bases loaded.
"You have to give Nazareth credit," said Lions coach John Scotillo. "They made two diving catches and two double plays to end our early scoring threats."
Lions pitcher Sam Hogan improved to 8-3 with the win.
"Sam Hogan didn't have her best stuff but she really bore down when she had to stranding 3 runners on third base," Scotillo said.