Mel Kolbusz lets out a sigh, and then says, “So, we keep practicing.”

OPRF’s softball coach was pleased when his team killed a losing streak at six games last week with a 9-6 victory over Queen of Peace and when the Huskies played last year’s Class 3A State runner-up Trinity competitively in a 4-1 loss, but he wasn’t too thrilled about their 10-3 loss to Hinsdale South on Thursday.

“It’s like we’re making headway and then hit a bump in the road,” says Kolbusz, whose Huskies (2-9) were set to begin West Suburban (Silver) Conference play this week. “We’re going to have to get past all the bumps in the road.”

Sarafina Andreoli took the loss against Hinsdale South, allowing six earned runs on 10 hits in 3¹%u2215³ innings. Hinsdale South jumped out to a quick lead in the first with a three-run homer by Cecie Portillo.

OPRF had nine hits in the game, including RBI singles by Annie Ford, Emily Bacalao and Anna Munz. Ann Ryan also had a single and a double for the Huskies.

Two mistakes in the fourth inning led to three of Trinity’s four unearned runs earlier in the week. Freshman Emma Baldwin pitched a solid game for OPRF, yielding just five hits to Trinity’s powerful bats in six innings of work.

“Emma did a great job of keeping them under control,” said Kolbusz. “They are a very good hitting team.”

OPRF started out last week on a good note, disrupting a six-game losing skid by grabbing a nonconference win over Queen of Peace. Andreoli allowed five runs — three earned — on eight hits. She fanned six and walked none in five innings. Alana Weitzenfeld went 4-for-4 at the plate, scoring twice and driving in two runs. Erin Flanagan also had multiple hits in the win, going 3-for-5.

Friday’s home game against Clemente was cancelled due to inclement weather. The Huskies were scheduled to take on Downers Grove North today (Wednesday, April 20) and Lyons Township on Thursday.

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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...

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