OPRF           9 14
Glenbrook N. 2 0

The hamburgers and hotdogs during intermission of OPRF softball’s annual doubleheader against Glenbrook North always taste better when the Huskies win Game 1, which was the case on Saturday with the final score 9-2. The provided beef and pork may have given the team a boost of energy for the nightcap as the Huskies went on to demolish their gracious host 14-0 in six innings.

“These were really big motivational wins for us,” said OPRF head coach Mel Kolbusz. “It capped off a tough six-game week and gives us some leeway heading into the sectional seeding meeting [today].”

Seana Stillson (7-4) earned the win in Game 1 by tossing five innings of one-hit ball. She walked only one and fanned nine batters.

The Huskies (14-4) had 12 hits total in the game. Both Maggie Paoli (3-for-4) and Ali Waterman (2-for-2) drove in three runs apiece for the Huskies, who endured four hit batsmen in the game. Waterman was one of the plunked, suffering a severely bruised right wrist.

“The preliminary X-rays on Ali’s wrist didn’t show a break, so that’s good news,” said Kolbusz. “I know she was going in to have more done [this] week. At any rate, we can’t afford to lose her.”

Janie Brennan and Lauren Gonzalez both went 2-for-4 in the opener with Brennan notching an RBI.

The Huskies didn’t back off in the nightcap as Sara Hutchinson helped her own pitching outing by going 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI double. The senior hurler gave up just one hit in five innings, while striking out 10. K.C. Montgomery closed out the victory with two strikeouts.

Asia Babbington finished 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Kim Grimes went 1-for-2 with two RBIs for the Huskies, who scored a whopping eight runs in the sixth inning.

“It was a real nice day of hitting for us, even though it was windy,” said Kolbusz. “It was good to come back from Ohio and win all six games this week.”

On Friday, the Huskies upped their perfect West Suburban (Silver) Conference mark to 6-0 with a 6-3 win over Glenbard West. Stillson fanned nine in the win, and allowed seven hits and two earned runs. Brennan drove in three runs for the Huskies, who have a daunting schedule this week.

The team takes on York today and hosts highly-ranked Lake Park tomorrow (4:30 p.m.). On Friday, the Huskies welcome Hinsdale Central before traveling to Lockport for a doubleheader on Saturday.

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Brad Spencer

Brad Spencer has been covering sports in and around Oak Park for more than a decade, which means the young athletes he once covered in high school are now out of college and at home living with their parents...