The bus ride home from Zion-Benton hasn't been fun in recent years for Stevenson's softball team.
Different story Tuesday.
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The Patriots scored five times in their last three innings, pounded out 18 hits, turned 2 double plays, didn't commit an error and beat Zion-Benton 12-9 in North Suburban Lake Division action.
"I think it's the first time these seniors have beaten these Zee-Bees," Stevenson coach Larry Friedrichs said. "Great game. The kids really kept at it."
Taylor Koenigs homered, doubled and singled for Stevenson (16-13, 4-5). Both Koenigs (3 runs, 2 RBI) and Vera Pflugradt (3 runs) went 3-for-5. Dana Morgan (2 doubles, 2 RBI) and Kat Trotter (double) were both 3-for-4, and Abbey O'Connor was 2-for-4 with a 3-run double and 4 RBI.
Lexi Yonkovic and Emma Oriatti also had doubles for the Patriots, while Ruby Mankus went the distance in the circle to earn the win.
On Monday, Stevenson's game at Lake Zurich was suspended due to lightning in the top of the fifth. The game will be resumed Friday.
The Patriots trailed 10-1 after four innings, but scored 4 runs in the fifth. They loaded the bases with none out and had Trisha Porzycki at the plate with a 3-2 count when the game was called.
Wauconda 8, Vernon Hills 0: Kayla Wedl fired a 1-hitter for the second day in a row, as the Bulldogs improved to 21-7 and 10-0 in the North Suburban Prairie.
Wedl struck out eight and walked one, while also going 2-for-4 at the plate with 3 runs scored. Anna Wisniewski was 2-for-3 for Wauconda, and Lauren Nee went 2-for-4.
Danielle Comitor had the only hit for Vernon Hills (6-22, 4-6).
Grayslake Central 11, Johnsburg 1: Shelby White and Juliana Frusolone homered for the Rams in the Fox Valley Conference game.
Grayslake Central improved to 19-8.