Wauconda softball coach Tim Rennels put his head down and took a step toward his team's dugout after Alyssa Wagner flailed at a strike-two pitch for seemingly the last out of the game at Grant.
But while Grant began to celebrate, first-base coach Dave Mills told Wagner to run to first base, which she did, because Caitlyn Moran's pitch bounced in. After the umpires talked about it, they ruled that Wagner was never tagged on the dropped-third strike and that she was safe at first base.
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Kayla Wedl then hit an inside-the-park home run, and Taylor McCarthy followed with a solo blast over the fence. When Wedl retired Grant in order in the bottom of the seventh, Wauconda had a shocking, 3-1 win Monday to remain undefeated in the North Suburban Prairie Division.
Wauconda improved to 20-7 and 9-0 in the NSC Prairie.
Grant (6-3 NSC Prairie) took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Bri Dreschler homered off Wedl, who no-hit Grant in the teams' previous meeting. But it was the only hit allowed by Wedl, who struck out 14.
In the Wauconda seventh, after Wagner reached and Rennels pinch-ran Anna Wisniewski, Grant tried to walk Wedl. The sophomore foiled the strategy, however, hitting a 1-0 pitch into the right-center gap. Rennels said Wedl ran threw his stop sign and would have been out at home, but her slide jarred the ball loose from the catcher. McCarthy then made it back-to-back homers.
Wedl finished 2-for-3 with a walk. Moran struck out six and suffering the tough-luck loss.
Zion-Benton 3, Mundelein 2: The visiting Zee-Bees defeated the Mustangs for the second time this season, tying the North Suburban Lake game with 2 runs in the fourth and scoring the go-ahead run in the sixth.
Maggie Mahar was 3-for-4 with a double for Mundelein (19-9, 3-6). Maria DeVito, who has 10 homers on the season, flew out to the fence leading
off the bottom of the seventh.
Warren 11, Lake Forest 0: Megan Scott was perfect for Warren. She went 4-for-4 at the plate with 2 doubles. Teammate Crystal Pennell added 3 hits and Jana Wagner was the winning pitcher. The Blue Devils rolled up 16 total hits.
Grayslake Central 13, Woodstock 1: Teagan Truskowski, Juliana Frusolone and Brittany Brown each had 2 hits to lead Grayslake Central, which rolled up 9 total hits. Brown was also the winning pitcher. She struck out seven and walked only one. The Rams are now 18-8.
Glenbrook North 4, Vernon Hills 1: Dana Meline had 2 hits to lead Vernon Hills. Sami Saliba drove in the Cougars' only run. Vernon Hills drops to 6-21 on the season.
Benet 13, Carmel 0 (5): Pitcher Claire Petrus took the loss for Carmel.