Hitters hold sway as Fremd tops Carmel

  • After a brief stop at second base, Fremd's Holly Straup heads home after the umpires ruled that her left-field shot hit the foul pole and was a home run during the second inning of Tuesday's game against Carmel.

      After a brief stop at second base, Fremd's Holly Straup heads home after the umpires ruled that her left-field shot hit the foul pole and was a home run during the second inning of Tuesday's game against Carmel. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Fremd's Nikki Kehoe slides safely into home as Carmel pitcher Claire Petrus takes the throw during Tuesday's game in Palatine.

      Fremd's Nikki Kehoe slides safely into home as Carmel pitcher Claire Petrus takes the throw during Tuesday's game in Palatine. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Carmel pitcher Claire Petrus delivers to the plate during Tuesday's game against Fremd.

      Carmel pitcher Claire Petrus delivers to the plate during Tuesday's game against Fremd. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Fremd's Nikki Kehoe slides safely into third with an RBI triple during the second inning of Tuesday's game against Carmel.

      Fremd's Nikki Kehoe slides safely into third with an RBI triple during the second inning of Tuesday's game against Carmel. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Carmel's Claire Petrus rounds second base after hitting a home run during the second inning of Tuesday's game against Fremd.

      Carmel's Claire Petrus rounds second base after hitting a home run during the second inning of Tuesday's game against Fremd. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Carmel's Claire Petrus is greeted at the plate by her teammates after her second-inning home run during Tuesday's game against Fremd.

      Carmel's Claire Petrus is greeted at the plate by her teammates after her second-inning home run during Tuesday's game against Fremd. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Fremd center fielder Alyssa Garcia catches a flyball to end the first inning during Tuesday's game against Carmel.

      Fremd center fielder Alyssa Garcia catches a flyball to end the first inning during Tuesday's game against Carmel. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Fremd starter Julia Wacker delivers a pitch during Tuesday's game against Carmel.

      Fremd starter Julia Wacker delivers a pitch during Tuesday's game against Carmel. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 
By Bill Pemstein
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 3/31/2015 10:54 PM

Get this: The first two hitters in Carmel's softball lineup on Tuesday combined for 7 hits, 2 doubles, 2 homers and 10 RBIs.

And it wasn't enough to keep Carmel's winning streak alive.

 

Maybe it was the good weather. There were 13 extra base hits in this battle of unbeatens at Fremd. There was also the matter of the 10 free passes the Fremd offense received as Carmel's 6-game winning streak ended in a 20-12 slugfest loss in Palatine.

Fremd's offense also had a good day. Every Viking starter reached base.

Coach Jim Weaver's club got solo homers from the last two spots in the lineup and a 3-run shot that crushed the foul pole by catcher Holly Straup.

Was there any decent pitching in this battle of powerful offenses?

Yes, and it came from a freshman. Batting eighth in Fremd's lineup, Nikki Kehoe retired five of the six hitters she faced in the late innings. Only the fourth hit off the bat of Carmel's Claire Petrus spoiled Kehoe's bid for perfection.

And Kehoe also put a softball over the wall for a solo homer in the third inning.

"That was only my second varsity hit,'' Kehoe said. "Coach Weaver believes in me. I knew I hit it but I didn't know if it would be gone."

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Although the Vikings (4-0) won this game by 8 runs it wasn't all one-sided the whole way. A 5-run second by the Corsairs (6-1) was highlighted by the first of two homers by Petrus. This one was a 3-run shot.

"Last year when we played Carmel, it was a 10-7 game,'' Weaver said. "So we doubled that. Carmel has a really dangerous lineup. It was a back and forth game. This was good for us. We were pushed by a good team."

Trailing by 4 runs heading to the second, Fremd got the blast from Straup and took the lead back at 7-5. And then Fremd got help from both Kehoe and ninth-place hitter Lea Barrett. The consecutive homers gave the Vikings a 9-5 lead.

Carmel answered back in the fourth, falling a single short of a cycle in the frame. Petrus had the 2-run homer. Jenny Behan had the triple. Leadoff hitter, Jennifer Giesey (3 hits, 4 RBI) and Dani Delozier had the doubles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Carmel added 3 runs in the fifth and looked in good shape, up 12-9.

"Hey, we walked 10 batters so there were a lot of gifts,'' said Carmel coach Jason Raymond. "With our offense, we are never out of games but we have to eliminate the walks."

Six of those bases on balls came in the nightmarish inning for the visitors. Fremd scored 11 runs in the fifth to put this game away. Julia Wacker and Jessica Mazur had doubles in the huge-scoring frame.

Kehoe used her fastball to cool off the Corsairs bats in the last two innings.

"We have a great bunch of girls,'' she said. "It's been a lot of fun. I love the coaches, too."

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