Softball: Elk Grove holds off Whitney Young

Daily Herald report

Chicago Public League softball power Whitney Young visited Elk Grove on Thursday and the Grenadiers were ready for the challenge.

Coach Ken Grams' Mid-Suburban League East leaders (18-2) took an 8-6 decision from the Dolphins, who lost for only the second time in 16 games.

Sophomore Olivia Masnica went all seven innings, tossing an 8-hitter with 6 strikeouts while also belting a home run.

Jaimie Klicka also popped one over the fence, giving the Grens 40 homers for the spring.

Katia Pendowski (2-for-3, 2B) and Taylor Schulz (2-for-4) were multiple hitters for EG while Morgan Leach, AJ Trausch (2B), Grace Engwall and Alexa Fontanetta also had hits.

Schaumburg 4, Rolling Meadows 2: Schaumburg junior Talia Torosian went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in the MSL crossover. Sophie Rainey and Abby Greenberg also had hits for the host Saxons (8-13, 4-5). Lauren Nielsen tossed a 3-hitter with 6 strikeouts to earn the win Elise Kowalski, who allowed 4 hits and struck out four. Kelsey Campbell homered for the Mustangs (11-8, 4-5) while Stephanie Thompson (2B) and Sam Allen had the other hits. Teammate Sam Benner had an RBI.

Conant 11, Hoffman Estates 3: Sophomore Julia Flaishaker recorded 6 strikeouts to earn the win for Conant (2-12, 2-6) in the MSL West. Leading the Cougars' offense were Emily Taucher (2-for-4) and Emma Wokurka (2-for-4) while teammates Hannah Oh, Morgan Long, Katie Maize and Payton Andjulis each had a hit. Emily Gross had 4 strikeouts for Hoffman (1-16, 1-6) which received doubles from Samantha Sarullo and Ayanna Ward.

Palatine 23, Wheeling 1 (4 inn): Palatine (16-1) won its 16th straight game as junior Rhiann Dick (13-1) struck out seven. Grace Huff (3-for-3, HR, 3B, 2B, BB, 7 RBI) missed the cycle by a single. "I'm really excited to see how far we can go this year and how much we can do as a team," Huff said. "We just need to keep doing what we're doing." Other top hitters were teammates Amanda Stanczuk (3-for-4, HR, 2B, 7 RBI), Emily Parrott (3-for-4, 2B) and Mandy Logan (2-for-2, 2B). "I'm super proud of the way this team has bonded throughout this season thus far," Stanczuk added. "And I'm super excited to see how we do in the upcoming weeks." "We've been doing all of the little things right -- getting on base and hitting each other in," Parrott said. "The hard work in the offseason is really paying off." Emmie LaCaeyse homered for the visiting Wildcats (2-11, 0-8).

Maine West 7, Glenbrook North 0: Abby Gawlinski fired a 2-hitter with 14 strikeouts as the visiting Warriors improved to 8-9 and 4-1 in the CSL North. Leading the offense were Gabi Demma (2-for-4), Amanda Byrne (2-for-3), Brianna Torres (2-for-3), Olivia Feldkamp (2-for-3), Brianna Magiczewski (HR, 3 RBI) and Angeles Beiza (2B).

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