The Trinity softball team is not letting a little rain or even snow get them down.
Since the season started on March 15, the weather has forced the postponement of seven out of 15 games. The latest contest put on hold was the much anticipated cross-town game against Fenwick. Although the Blazers and the Friars are in different classes this season and will not meet in the IHSA Tournament, each team values the bragging rights that come with the win. The teams are hoping to reschedule soon.
The Blazers (8-3) did play their scheduled game this past Friday at Queen of Peace. The team fell 7-2 playing on a soggy in cold weather. The Blazers had a 1-0 lead after two innings. They were still up 4-2 going into the sixth inning but timely hitting by Queen of Peace and uncharacteristic errors cost the Blazers the win.
“They are a very good team,” said Trinity head coach Bob Osborne. “We were in the game, but then we had a couple of errors that cost us.”
Trinity centerfielder Annie Logisz went 3-for-4. Pitcher Emma-Leigh Strock is now 6-3 for the Blazers. Strock pitched a shutout earlier in the week against De La Salle. The Blazers won 13-0. Sophomore Taylor Golden had a huge offensive game, going 4-for-4 with two home runs and six RBIs. Shortstop Monica Albano also went 4-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs.
Trinity has started the season with bats blazing and pitchers scorching. In their eight wins, the Blazers have outscored their opponents 74-13. The pitching has been solid, notching three shutouts. In the game against Notre Dame, starting pitcher Strock combined with relievers Emily Landa and Becca Madormo for a no-hitter. Trinity won 11-0. Albano doubled twice and had two RBIs. Catcher Laura Eichenold went 3-for-3 with three RBIs. The Blazers also shutout Driscoll, 14-0. The pitching duo of Strock and Landa again blanked their opponent with a no-hitter. Strock pitched five innings with six strikeouts. Left fielder Annalis Matta went 2-for-2 while Albano and Eichenold had two hits apiece.
Trinity has two big match-ups this week. The Blazers play under the lights at Elmwood Park on Friday at 7 p.m. On Saturday they host Riverside Brookfield at Triton College for a doubleheader at 11 a.m.
“We’re excited by where we’re at,” said Osborne about the season so far. “We believe we have a good shot to get downstate in Class 3A. That’s really what it’s all about: Be ready for May. We’re healthy, we’re hitting the ball and our pitching has been very good.”