OPRF 2 2
Glenbrook N. 1 3
Technically, OPRF softball’s Rachel Gillette didn’t earn a win, but all fingers point to the senior pitcher as the reason the Huskies split a doubleheader with Glenbrook North on Saturday.
Gillette yielded just one hit and one walk while fanning 12 batters in nine innings for the Huskies (10-4), who edged Glenbrook North 2-1 in the opener after 10 innings. Leah Bry (6-2) was awarded the victory, striking out one and forcing a pop up to end the game.
“Rachel pitched just an awesome game,” said OPRF assistant coach Gary Miller, who was taking on head coaching duties while Mel Kolbusz was attending the wedding of his daughter in Mobile, Ala. “I wish the team could have done a little better at the plate for her, but it ended up a victory for us anyway.”
Elena Citko’s slap hit in the bottom of the 10th inning that led to an error was the deciding factor. Kristin Wirtz, who was pinch running for Marisa Belpedio, scored from second on the play to give the Huskies the go-ahead run. Asia Babbington’s sacrifice bunt had moved Wirtz to second.
An error on the part of OPRF led to a run in the first inning. Gillette gave up her only hit – a double – also in the first.
OPRF tied things up in the sixth when Janie Brennan drove in Mara Blesoff on a single.
After the 10-inning marathon, the Huskies fell 3-2 in Game 2. K.C. Montgomery took the loss, allowing three runs – two earned – off six hits in five innings. She finished with three strikeouts.
The Huskies took a 1-0 lead when Blesoff ripped a single in the first inning to score Megan White, who had reached with a double. Lauren Flannery drove in OPRF’s other run with sacrifice bunt in the third, but that would be all the Huskies could muster. The team finished with seven hits in nightcap.
“We had more hits in Game 2 than we did in Game 1 and we won Game 1, so it wasn’t for a lack of effort,” said Miller. “We just weren’t getting any timely hits.”
On April 15, the Huskies downed area-rival Trinity 5-2 at Triton College. Babbington (2-for-3) led OPRF by driving in three runs. Hannah Press finished with two hits and an RBI, while White scored twice for the Huskies on two hits.
Bry earned the win, giving up no earned runs on five hits and one walk in seven innings. Bry finished with five strikeouts.
OPRF takes on West Suburban (Silver) Conference foe Hinsdale Central at home today (Wednesday, April 22). The Huskies travel to Hinsdale South tomorrow and return home on Friday to take on Proviso West (4:30 p.m.).