Mel Kolbusz has been coaching softball at OPRF for the last 14 years, so it was probable he’d reach either a negative or a positive milestone at some point in his career. The milestone that Kolbusz reached turned out to be a successful one.
With a 4-0 shutout of Wheaton Warrenville North on April 11, the Huskies (11-1) handed Kolbusz his 400th career victory, but the coach wasn’t too interested in the personal achievement.
“It just means I’ve had a lot of good players come through the program,” he said at the outset of this season. “One person doesn’t make a softball program good.”
The tenured coach, who skippered OPRF to a state championship last season, now holds a stellar career record of 402-94-2. He was presented with an autographed bat by his team’s captains at the end of the game. Kolbusz has also been selected Illinois Softball Coach of the Year by the National Federation of High School Coaches.
The Huskies knocked off Wheaton North with the masterful pitching of Seana Stillson (4-1). The sophomore hurler tossed a complete game one-hit shutout with six strikeouts and no walks. Clare O’Connor drove in two runs in the win.
The Huskies followed up the victory by trampling over Addison Trail 11-0 in five innings on April 12. Holly Roadruck led the team on the mound and at the plate. The senior gave up just four hits, while walking two and fanning one. She also drove in three RBIs.
OPRF resumed West Suburban (Silver) Conference play on Monday with a 2-1 victory over Lyons Township in 11 innings. Stillson pitched the marathon, racking up 10 strikeouts.
After WSC games against Glenbard West today (Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.) and Downers Grove North tomorrow (home, 4:30 p.m.), the Huskies will travel to Ashland, Ohio, for the annual Wendy’s Spring Classic Softball Invitational. The tournament hosts 24 teams from seven different states. In the five years they’ve been participating in the tourney, the Huskies have gone 11-4. They’ll take on Indiana’s Martinsville on Friday. The Artesians went 28-1 last season and finished as Indiana’s Class 4A state champs. This will be their first appearance at the tournament.