OPRF          3
Resurrection 0

The OPRF softball team advanced into the Loyola Sectional by shutting out Resurrection 3-0 for a regional championship on Saturday.

Leah Bry (16-4) led the Huskies (27-7) with an outstanding pitching performance that yielded just three hits in seven innings. Bry fanned 10 batters and walked only one.

OPRF scored two runs in the second inning when Elena Citko drove in Lauren Flannery and Megan White with a single up the middle. Flannery had kicked off the inning with a walk, while White singled to get on base.

The Huskies added an insurance run in the third. White ripped a two-out double that scored Maggie Paoli, who had reached with a single.

“Three runs weren’t as much as we liked but it was a good effort against a good pitcher,” said OPRF head coach Mel Kolbusz. The Huskies scattered five hits total in the game.

The Huskies move on to face New Trier at Loyola Academy in the semifinal of the sectional on Thursday. OPRF was supposed to play the Trevians in a triple-header earlier in the season, but the game was cancelled due to a late start to the other contests. It was New Trier that knocked the Huskies out of the playoffs last season. OPRF is likely to face Kelsey Lee again on Thursday. The Huskies scored four runs off Lee in last year’s super-sectional loss.

“I do wish we could have faced New Trier earlier in the year, but we know what we’re going into,” said Kolbusz. “They are a very good team, but then again so are we.

“At this part of the season it comes down to who is going to get that key hit or which team is going to make that fateful mistake. It’s anyone’s game. We’ll give it all we have and see what happens.”

A win against New Trier would likely pit the Huskies against Loyola on Saturday in the sectional title game. OPRF lost to the Ramblers 3-1 back in April.

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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...