Softball: Elk Grove holds on over Meadows
Elk Grove's softball team kept its Mid-Suburban League East co-championship hopes alive with a 10-8 victory over visiting Rolling Meadows on Saturday morning.
The Grenadiers scored 8 times in the bottom of the first before securing the win by holding the Mustangs to a pair of runs in the top of the seventh.
Sophomore Lauren Clausen earned the win for EG (13-12, 9-5), which trails Hersey (11-4) and Prospect (10-4) in the MSL East.
Sophomore Katia Pendowski (2-for-3) belted her 12th homer of the season to lead off the bottom of the sixth and give the hosts a 9-6 lead.
Moments later, an RBI double by Grace Engwall made it 10-6.
Meadows scored twice in the top of the seventh before Clausen closed out her complete game with 6 strikeouts and only 2 earned runs.
EG's other top hitter was A.J. Trausch (2-for-4).
Kendra Herring went a strong final 7⅔ innings for Meadows as she struck out eight.
Top hitters for the Mustangs (9-14, 4-10) were Stephanie Thompson (2-for-4), Emily Schmidt (2-for-3), Mallory King (double) and Sara Benner (2-for-4), the Mustangs' all-time leading home run hitter, who belted another one.
Fremd 14, Schaumburg 2 (5 inn.): Grace Stevens, one of nine Vikings honored on Senior Day, enjoyed a big offensive game by going 2-for-3 with a home run, double, 5 RBI and 2 runs. Stevens had a grand slam earlier in the week.
The MSL West win lifted the Vikings' record to 16-9 and 8-7 as senior Nikki Kehoe (8-4) earned the win with 5 strikeouts and 2 hits in 4⅓ innings. Sophia Crescio struck out two in her ⅔ innings.
Bella Wojcik went 2-for-2 with a double and 3 RBI for the host Vikes while teammate Hannah Ban was 1-for-2 with 3 runs and a double. Kaylee Goluch also doubled for Fremd, and Jess Mazur walked three times.
The Saxons (2-19, 2-13) scored in the top of the third on a 2-run homer by Janalee Lyke with Rachel Kissamis (1 hit) on base.
Conant 9, Hoffman Estates 3: Delaney Szwed (3-for-4, triple, 2 runs, RBI), Makenna McCarthy (2-for-4, triple, RBI, 1 run) and Trystin Lovas (3-for-3, 2 RBI, 1 run) led the offense for host Conant (14-8, 8-5) in the MSL West win.
Paige Nallen had 2 doubles while Julia Flaishaker and Morgan Long each had one for Conant.
Flaishaker (7-4) threw 5⅓ innings with 2 strikeouts and 4 hits while Jackie Carlucci worked 1⅔ innings, striking out two and allowing no hits or runs.
Allura Magsino (2-for-3) led the offense for Hoffman (4-16-1, 3-12) which also received hits from Giselle Velazquez, Emily Grossi, Mary Bean and Patricia Wadas.
Hersey 3, Evanston 1: Hersey (19-5) rallied for the nonconference win as juniors Brianna Luciano (3 innings, 6 strikeouts) and winning pitcher Sarah Bailitz (4 innings, 5 strikeouts) combined for a 4-hitter.
The Huskies trailed 1-0 but took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth inning when Chloe Gordon's RBI single tied it at 1-1. Hannah Graff came home on a passed ball to give Hersey a 2-1 lead later in the inning.
Hersey made it 3-1 in the sixth when pinch hitter Kylie Makuh singled home Jodi Hermann, who had a double in the game.
Gordon led the Huskies' offense by going 2-for-3.
Sterling 3, Barrington 2: The Fillies (27-3) took third place in their own 16-team Greg Easter Illinois Coaches Association Tournament held at the Fields of Dreams in Barrington. Sterling was the champion with Senecca the runner-up.
After winning a pair of games on Friday, the Fillies fell to Sterling (22-2) on Saturday morning.
Junior Tori Meyer went all 6 innings against Sterling, striking out six with no walks.
Kendall Peterson (double), Rachel Mori (double), Abbey Jacobsen and Leyden Atlas had the 4 hits for the Mid-Suburban West champions.
St. Viator falls twice: Marist swept the host Lions in Arlington Heights, winning both games in 5 innings, 11-0 and 18-1.
Maggie Vanvalkenburg had 3 hits for the day for the Lions while Nicole Ardito and Annie Sweeney each had 2.
Jessica Taylor returned to the mound for the first time in five weeks after her injury.