After starting last softball season as a sophomore on varsity, Mundelein's Hannah Bulgart entered this season with a labrum injury that threatened to jeopardize her entire junior campaign.
But she returned to the lineup about midway through the season. Then on Saturday, Bulgart's first home run of the season was a 2-run walk-off shot in the bottom of the sixth that capped the Mustangs' 14-3 win over visiting Lakes in Game 2 of a doubleheader.
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Mundelein won the opener, a North Suburban Conference crossover, 11-7, getting home runs from Maddie Zazas (her third of the season) and Jamie Hemmer (seventh).
Maria DeVito hit her 11th home run -- second grand slam -- and Danielle Beelow belted her first in Game 2, as Mundelein improved to 21-10. The Mustangs got doubles from Amanda Diaz, Abbey Rosenow, Karlee Busscher, Maggie Mahar and Bulgart. DeVito finished 3-for-4, while four players -- Zazas, Busscher, Mahar, Beelow and Bulgart -- each had a pair of hits. Hemmer earned the complete-game win, striking out seven.
In Game 1, Zazas and Busscher each went 3-for-3. Rosenow and Mahar were both 3-for-4, and Hemmer was 2-for-4. Mahar doubled twice and tripled, while Zazas, Rosenow, Busccher and Jordyn West each doubled. Nicole Parney struck out six in picking up the win.
Lakes got a 3-for-4 effort from Cassidy Schaar, while Violet Dinger, Taylor Dishinger and Ashley Horner (double) each was 2-for-4.
Warren 3, Prairie Ridge 0: Jenny Carpenter shut out the Wolves in the nonconference game.
Jaz Bonke went 2-for-4 for Warren (20-8).
Woodstock North 5, Round Lake 4: Hayley Steinberg went 3-for-3 with an RBI for the Panthers in their nonconference loss.
Woodstock North's Sierra Meiners was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Joliet Catholic 10, Antioch 5: At Niles West, the Sequoits dropped the championship game of the invite, despite Madeline Hart's triple and 3 RBI.
Antioch (14-14) also got a triple from Hannah Skoog, while Jessica Pedersen (2 RBI) and Ashley Stephens both doubled.
Antioch 7, Niles West 6: At Niles West, in their second game of the day, the Sequoits got a big effort from freshman Ashley Stephens, who went 2-for-2 with a home run, double and 2 RBI.
Jessica Pedersen (triple) and Jillian Foote (double, 2 RBI) were both 2-for-3. Hannah Skoog added a double, and Hannah Cook got the win.
Antioch 9, Niles North 5: At Niles West, in their first game of the day, the Sequoits saw freshman Jillian Foote put on a hitting display.
Foote went 3-for-4 with a solo homer, double and 3 RBI. Hannah Skoog doubled twice and knocked in 3 runs. Jessica Tyrell also had a double for Antioch, while Annie Wagner notched the win.
Zion-Benton 16, Grayslake Central 0: Claire Crane went 3-for-3 with a homer, double and 4 RBI, as the visiting Zee-Bees denied the Rams their 20th win.
Zion-Benton also got a home run from Janie Torola, while Allison Lopez was 4-for-4.
Grayslake Central received 2-for-3 efforts from Shelby White and Brandy Heraty.