Lauret delivers as Libertyville tops Lakes
Jessie Lauret is known more for her speed, ability to slap-hit and drive the softball and serve as a catalyst at the top of Libertyville's batting order.
But the junior showed off her pitching ability in the Wildcats' 10-7 win over host Lakes in a North Suburban Conference crossover Thursday.
Lauret, who's committed to Purdue, pitched 2 effective innings in relief.
"Jessie did a great job coming in and changing the tone of the game," coach Elissa Wisniewski said after her Wildcats improved to 10-3. "Lakes was getting in a rhythm and Jess came out and did a great job of hitting her spots and changing speeds."
Michaela Mooney was 4-for-4 with a double and 4 RBI to lead the Wildcats' offense. Winning pitcher Hannah Heraty helped her own cause by going 2-for-2 with a double, triple and 3 RBI, and Madi Dembinski was 2-for-4 with 2 RBI.
Polly Dietz led Lakes offensively with a 3-for-4 effort that included 2 doubles. Rachel Becker and Ashley Horner each had a pair of hits.
Warren 17, Grant 2: The defending Class 4A state champs got another home run from Sabrina Trevino, while Shannon McKeon and Crystal Pennell also homered in the North Suburban crossover.
Sage Staranowicz was the winning pitcher, as Warren improved to 14-1. McKeon also doubled and finished 3-for-4. Trevino and Pennell were both 2-for-4. Trevino's homer was her eighth of the season.
Wauconda 5, Mundelein 2: Hayley Redmann and Anna Wisniewski homered for the host Bulldogs, who built a 5-0 lead after five innings in the North Suburban crossover.
Kayla Wedl picked up the win, striking out 10, walking one and allowing 5 hits. She also went 2-for-3 at the plate, as did Redmann.
Wauconda improved to 10-6, while Mundelein fell to 12-3.
Antioch 11, Lake Zurich 2: Ashley Stephens hit her third and fourth home runs of the week, finishing 2-for-4 with 4 RBI for the host Sequoits in their North Suburban crossover.
Jessica Pedersen (RBI) and Jessica Tyrell were both 3-for-4 with a double for Antioch (11-2). Hannah Skoog was 2-for-3, while Amanda Costain had a double and 2 RBI. Annie Wagner also doubled in the win.
Lake Zurich got a double from Jessica Puccinelli.
Stevenson 13, Vernon Hills 2: Taylor Koenigs went 4-for-4 with a triple, and Kayleigh McGovern was 2-for-4 with 5 RBI to lead the Patriots to a five-inning win in a North Suburban crossover.
Vera Pflugradt (2-for-4) and Molly Thon both doubled for Stevenson, and Ruby Mankus pitched 4 innings for the win.
Vernon Hills received 2-for-2 efforts from both Dana Meline and Jess Salerno.
Zion-Benton 22, Round Lake 5: Mike Crisantos hit a home run and drove in 2 runs for the Panthers in their North Suburban crossover loss.
Ashley Wegner was 2-for-3 for Round Lake, while Hayley Steinberg was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Raven Nicoline, Steinberg and Wegner all doubled.