After picking up wins over Lyons Township and Glenbard West, the Oak Park and River Forest High School softball team roughed up Trinity 13-3 in five innings on Saturday to cap off an impressive run of victories. The Huskies outscored their three opponents 34-5 last week.
OPRF (14-7, 4-1) scored seven runs in the fifth inning to put away the visiting Blazers Saturday afternoon. Senior first baseman Libby Foster hit a two-RBI double just inside the right field line to complete the Huskies' scoring flurry in the fifth. Foster also opened the inning with a walk, followed by a single from junior third baseman Nina Steele which scored Foster and gave OPRF a 7-3 lead.
"[Trinity pitcher Kassie Guerrer] was a little slower, so I was up in the box," Foster said. "I've been seeing the ball well recently, but I know I've had a tendency to pop up so I was just trying to stay on top of it."
Trailing the Huskies 4-0 in the fourth inning, Trinity (14-7-1) scored three runs via an RBI single from senior infielder Allison Borawski and a two-RBI double from freshman outfielder Brynisha Campbell that scored Carrie Shere and Borawski.
"We just needed to keep our energy up," Shere said. "We needed to keep our heads up, and we did that [in the fourth inning] with a good comeback. Everyone was ready and we were hitting well."
Foster finished 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs to lead the seemingly always hard-hitting Huskies, while sophomore outfielder Sam Linde was 2-for-2 with four RBIs, including a bases-clearing double to center field on a 3-2 count in the fifth extending the Huskies' cushion to 10-3. Sophomore pitcher Emily Richardson worked five innings, giving up three runs on five hits with two strikeouts and a walk to notch the win.
"We have a lot more hitters in the lineup this year," Foster said. "[Linde] had a great at-bat in the fifth. Her line drive to center field was huge."
Shere went 1-for-1 with a walk and a run scored, while Campbell tallied a 2-for-2, two-RBI performance for Trinity. Guerrer pitched 4 1/3 innings and gave up seven runs against OPRF.
"We just need a little more confidence," Shere said. "Usually when we play well, we pick each other up and have confidence in everybody on the team."
Of course, gaining confidence against a team like OPRF is a tall task for most opponents. The Huskies have been hitting all season and feature a strong pitching rotation led by senior Emma Baldwin and Richardson.
"Everyone is stringing together hits this year," Foster said. "We've had some home runs, but the bigger thing is we're hitting a lot of singles and doubles. We all pick each other up which has been great for this team. It's definitely been a fun season."
OPRF coach Mel Kolbusz has been pleased with his players' improvement at the plate.
"We're getting better at hitting with two strikes," he said. "When you get down, you have to battle the pitcher and foul some balls off. We're getting much better at that which will help us the rest of the season."
The Huskies play five games this week, including conference matchups against York, Hinsdale Central, Proviso West and Downers Grove North.