Ever since Stevenson's softball team earned coach Larry Friedrichs his 500th career win, the Patriots have been on a roll.
Stevenson swept a nonconference doubleheader from host Prospect, 15-2 and 6-4, Saturday to improve to 11-12 and cap a 5-0 week. Once 3-11, the Patriots -- who entered the season 4 wins shy of Friedrichs' milestone victory -- have won eight of their last nine.
Freshman Vera Pflugradt went 3-for-4 with 3 runs scored and 3 RBI in the opener, and senior Dana Morgan was 3-for-4 with a double, run scored and 2 RBI. Taylor Koenigs contributed a solo homer, single, 3 runs and 2 RBI. Trisha Porzycki doubled, Kat Trotter was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored, and Ruby Mankus pitched the five-inning complete game, allowing 1 earned run.
Mankus picked up the victory in Game 2, as well, throwing 2 innings in relief. The Patriots surrendered a 4-0 lead but came back with 2 runs in the seventh.
Lexi Yonkovic started Stevenson's seventh-inning rally with a one-out walk. She scored the go-ahead run on Pflugradt's double, and Koenigs' RBI single capped the inning.
Koenigs finished 3-for-4, while Jordan Cortesi was 2-for-3.
Vernon Hills gets swept: Vernon Hills had a rough day against Buffalo Grove, dropping both games of a double header, 2-17 and 0-21. In the first game, Sara Lenzi had a double and drove in a run for the Cougars (4-18). In the second game, Anna Cirone and Sami Saliba each had a hit.