The Trinity softball team saw its dream of advancing to the Lyons Sectional championship dashed with an 8-1 loss to Riverside Brookfield Thursday at Lyons Township.

The Blazers (21-16) took a doubleheader from the Bulldogs during the regular season, but this time a couple of RB homers early put Trinity behind the eight ball. The number eight coincidently figured into the strikeout count as both pitchers notched eight in their respective outings.

RB (23-14) had first bats and the Bulldogs scored quickly with a two-run blast by Lindsey Hayes. Allison Mazurek got a single for Trinity in the first, but any scoring chance was eliminated by a timely double play.

The Bulldogs had a big inning in the top of the third. A couple of base hits had two on and two out when Alison Milani hit a three-run homer to increase the lead to 5-0.

Frankie LeDoux had a leadoff single, but a fielder’s choice had her out at second on the next play and no runs were scored in that inning for the Blazers.

Riverside added another spurt of runs in the fifth, scoring three to have a comfortable 8-0 advantage.

Trinity scored its only run in the bottom of the fifth. LeDoux had a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a grounder, and then Mazurek brought her home on a single.

“It was tough. We just weren’t on top of it today. We just tried to do the best we [could],” said Mazurek after the loss.

RB pitcher Sam Maas finished with eight strikeouts and gave up three walks. Trinity pitcher Allison Hernandez also fanned eight, but allowed one walk.

“We accomplished a lot this year. We won back-to-back regionals,” said Mazurek. “It was a tough regional and we’re very proud of that.”

Trinity coach Bob Osborne said this about the loss, “We were just a little short today, and RB played a great game.” He then reflected on the season, “What these girls accomplished this year is probably the best year in our history. We had a second place finish in the [Girls Catholic Athletic Conference]. We beat Elmwood Park and Ridgewood to win our regional, and we tied our record for most wins.

“We have a good group of girls coming back next year. We’ll go back and start fighting again.”

The Blazers lose six seniors to graduation, including Hernandez, O’Brien, and Marissa Bertolli.

“It was an awesome season. No one expected us to make it past the first round. No one expected us to make it here,” said O’Brien. “We beat four or five teams that we’ve never beaten before in Trinity history.”

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