OPRF           10
Proviso West 0 (5 inn.)

Oak Park and River Forest pitcher K.C. Montgomery tossed a perfect game to help lead her softball team to a 10-0 victory over West Suburban (Silver) Conference foe Proviso West on Friday.

Montgomery notched her fourth victory on the season by striking out five in five innings.

The Huskies received hits from Micheline Figel, Colleen Tolan, Kristin Wirtz, Maggie Paoli and Marisa Belpedio. Paoli (2-for-4), Tolan (2-for-4) and Belpedio (1-for-2) drove in two runs apiece for OPRF in the lopsided victory. The Huskies finished with a total of 11 hits.

The Huskies scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth. Mara Blesoff and Lauren Flannery both drove in runs with singles. Tolan doubled in a run for the Huskies, who pushed their conference mark to 2-0 with the win. The team entered the week with a 12-5 overall record.

Prior to the win over Proviso West, the Huskies fell 8-0 to Hinsdale South on Thursday in a West Suburban Conference cross-over game. Two pitchers – Rachel Gillette and Leah Bry – combined to yield 12 hits on the day.

“Anyone can have an off day, and unfortunately two of our pitchers had an off day on the same day,” said OPRF head coach Mel Kolbusz. “But it wasn’t only the pitching that hurt us in this game.”

OPRF scattered 10 hits, but stranded 12 on base.

“We just weren’t getting the timely hits we needed to get,” said Kolbusz. “We’re searching for that spark where we get the job done at the right time. We have enough talent.”

On April 22, the Huskies opened Silver Division play with a 9-0 clobbering of Hinsdale Central. Blesoff went 4-for-4 on the day, while Lauren Flannery drove in three RBIs.

OPRF has a full slate of games this week before getting its second-straight Saturday off. The team travels to Downers Grove North today (Wednesday, April 29) and Wheaton North on Thursday. The Huskies return home to face Glenbard West on Friday.

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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...