Sara Ross is having a lot of fun trying to keep up with the power-hitting sophomores playing softball at Montini this season.
"It's like the home run club, I guess," said Ross, a senior. "Alyssa (Sclafani) and Emily (Lezcano) are the leaders right now, but I'm trying to get up there. Can't let the underclassmen beat me."
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Ross could only keep pace Saturday in Lombard, matching the youngsters with a home run each. The hot-hitting Broncos pounded out 4 home runs to defeat visiting Metea Valley 13-2 in six innings in a nonconference game.
"We have a lot of talent on our team, and everybody can hit," Ross said.
"It's a nice thing," added Broncos coach Richie Costante. "We hit a lot, and then we cooled off for a little bit, and now we're starting to hit some more again, which is nice. Home runs are fun."
A day after pounding out 19 hits against Rosary, the Broncos (18-5) had 15 hits against Metea Valley, adding 4 doubles to the 4 home runs.
"When everybody can hit, 1 through 9, it's bound to happen, I guess," Ross said.
The Mustangs (5-16) took a brief lead in the third inning. Freshman Sydney Bajusz led off with a double, moved to third base on Fran Senese's sacrifice bunt and scored on Alise Perna's groundout to second base.
Montini answered with a 4-run bottom of the third inning. Sclafani's 3-run home run to right-center field got the Broncos going, and Lezcano followed up with a solo home run to center right behind Sclafani. It was the third homer of the season for Sclafani, ninth for Lezcano, and both came on full counts.
Montini made it 8-1 in the fourth inning, this time without a home run. Back-to-back doubles by Serena Almodovar and Morganne Evans plus a walk to No. 9 hitter Tacia Mesina, hitting over .400, loaded the bases. Cristina Barrett's one-out double to the right-field wall drove in 2 runs. After Sclafani walked Lezcano drove in 2 more runs with a single to left field.
Metea Valley got a run back in the top of the sixth inning. Perna led off with a single to center and scored on Megan Arcivar's single to center, making the score 8-2.
But Montini was just getting warmed up. Sclafani led off with an infield single and scored on Lezcano's double to right-center, Lezcano's fourth RBI of the day. Ross brought Lezcano home with a home run to center field, her second of the season.
Pitcher Amy Bukovsky singled to center field, and Almodovar ended the game with a 2-run home run to center, invoking the 10-run rule.
Bukovsky (4-2), another sophomore, allowed just 4 hits as Montini gave No. 1 pitcher Lauren Trojnar a day off.
"She pitches with a lot of heart, plays with a lot of passion," Ross added. "Sometimes she's a little too hard on herself, but she's a very good player. I'm really proud of her."
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