While the Oak Park and River Forest High School varsity softball team pursues a third straight Class 4A state title, the freshmen team has already turned in a banner season. The Huskies finished with a 19-1 record, including a 10-0 mark as the West Suburban Conference Silver Division champions.
Alex Prouty and Emma Brandt led the pitching staff, while catcher Lucy Goodwin and shortstop Sydney Ross anchored the team defensively. In terms of hitting, everybody contributed. Offensive leaders included Gabby Ferrante (.700, 2 HR, 22 RBIs), Prouty (.667, 5 HR, 33 RBIs), Ross (.517, 4 HR, 29 RBIs), Brandt (4 HR, 18 RBIs) and Olivia Baig (2 HR, 21 RBIs).
Maddie Macek, Emma Devitt, Nina Allread, Cate Szpila, Kelsey Kemper, Jess Kohlenberger, Bella Reniva, Rachel Hartman and Olive Jenkyns also contributed for OPRF.
“This was just a great team to work with,” said head coach Kristin Wirtz. “They came in with a strong knowledge of the game, great skills overall, and are very athletic. They are a coachable and hard working group. The girls are disciplined and worked every day to improve their game. It was honestly a pleasure working with this group.”
The Huskies’ lone loss occured against Homewood-Flossmoor. Kirtz wishes OPRF would have played the Viings in a rematch.
“Unfortunately, we could not get our bats going for us in that (Homewood-Flossmoor) game,” Wirtz said. ” We were unable to make adjustments to the speed of the pitcher compared to the previous pitchers we had seen. However, I wish we could face them again because I think we may have seen a different outcome later in the season.”
“Overall, it’s a fantastic group of athletes,” Wirtz said. “I am looking forward to watching them progress through the program and making OPRF proud.”