Softball: Fremd starts with win on new field

 
Daily Herald report

The trivia question was finalized on Wednesday.

Who were the winning pitchers for the first game on Fremd's new varsity baseball and softball diamond?

The Hillers stole the show.

One day after her brother Peter Hiller, a senior, threw a 5-inning no-hitter in the baseball team's 27-0 win over Schaumburg Christian, younger sister Grace tossed a 5-hitter to lead the softball team to a 6-3 win over Grant.

The softball game went five innings due to darkness.

The Vikes (2-2) gave Hiller all 6 runs in the first inning and she went on to finish with 6 strikeouts for her second win in three decisions.

Coach Josh Teschner had seven different girls produce his team's 7 hits, led by Gianna Arnieri and Cali DiVito who each had 2 RBI. McKenna Schneider (RBI), Reagan Goluch (RBI), Elaina Kraus, Ava Jordan and Kelsey Bauer also had hits for Fremd.

Palatine 14, Grayslake North 3: Palatine (3-1) won its first home game as winning pitcher Rhiann Dick (3-1) struck out five.

Mandy Logan (3-for-3, 2 doubles, 3 RBI), Grace Huff (4-for-4, doubles, 2 RBI), Chase Friel (2-for-3, home run, 4 RBI) and Amanda Stanczuk (3-for-4, double, 3 RBI) led the offense. Emily Parrott added a triple. Friel's homer was a walk off in the fifth and she became the fifth Pirate to homer this spring.

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"In the moment, all I was thinking was that I wanted to score the runner that was on because our team did a great job of bringing in the first run," Friel said. "With two outs and the winning run on base, I just knew I had to hit the ball hard."

Assistant coach Kristen Proffitt said the Pirates played tight defense.

"That was great to see," she said. "Kaitlyn Reed and Kayla Courtney made really nice plays in the infield on hard hit balls. Rhiann (Dick) was doing a nice job of mixing up her pitches and locations. Up and down the lineup, we hit well, and we did what we needed to do to score our baserunners."

"Our energy was really up today," Logan added. "And when I got up with runners on I just wanted to score my teammates."

Rolling Meadows 9, St. Viator 4: Senior Sara Benner (2-for-4, 4 RBI) belted her 28th career homer as the visiting Mustangs evened their record at 2-2. She belted a 3-run homer in the first inning to left center field. Other top hitters for Meadows were Stephanie Thompson (3-for-5, double), Sam Caroline Slowik (2-for-4, double), Sam Allen (2-for-4), Emily Schmidt (2-for-5), Sam Elenz (2-for-4) and Sami Benner (2-for-4, 3 RBI). Ingemunson also had a double for RM while Kendra Herring got the win (four innings) and Elise Kowalski the save in the final three innings. Morgan Bielfeldt hit her second homer for Viator (3-4) while teammate Cece Kaiser had a double and single.

Schaumburg 8, Lake Zurich 6: Junior Talia Torosian (3-for-3, 2 RBI) belted a homer and double as the visiting Saxons (2-6) won their second straight game. Winning pitcher Morgan Miller (5 strikeouts) was 2-for-4 while Tiffani Rudnick had a double. Other multiple hitters for the Saxons were Abbie Greenberg (2-for-4), Jordan Karson (2-for-4, double, 2 RBI_ and Mariah Guiterrez (2-for-4, double).

Lake Park 7, Prospect 0: Senior Cassie Cunniff (2-for-4) led the Knights' offense while sophomore Emma Muehlenbeck had a double. Pitcher Claire Doherty struck out seven for host Prospect (0-2).

Glenbard West 8, Hoffman Estates 2: Emily Morris (2-for-4), Gracie Velazquez (2-for-3, double) and Ayanna Ward (double) helped lead the offense for the Hawks (0-4).

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