Although the two teams hadn’t faced each other during the regular season in a few years, the Fenwick softball team earned significant bragging rights with a 4-2 victory over cross-town rival Oak Park last week.
Fenwick last beat the Huskies in a regional title game in 1994.
The 17-year dry spell was snapped when Olivia Soja hit an RBI triple to break a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning, and Natalie Marotta followed with a sacrifice fly.
“I am so proud of the girls and their effort on both offense and defense,” said Fenwick head coach Jen Butler. “On offense, with only two strikeouts, we did a great job of putting the ball in play, challenging their defense and moving the runners around when we had opportunities.”
Sam Carzoli put the Friars on the board with a sacrifice fly in the second. Sam Borawski had led off the inning with a double, and Marisa Wakely (2-for-2) moved her to third with a single.
Marotta finished the day 2-for-4, hitting a single in the fifth. She ended up scoring in the inning on a throwing error.
Kerry Lange earned the win on the mound, allowing two earned runs on seven hits in seven innings. She walked no one and struck out three.
“Defensively, we knew that they were a good hitting team and our pitcher did a great job of keeping their hitters off balance and not allowing any extra base hits,” said Butler.
Alex Tomasek hit a double with one out in the seventh to kick-off the game-winning chain of events.
On Saturday, the Friars fell to St. Francis Wheaton 3-2. Lange again went the distance, yielding one earned run on five hits. She walked one and struck out one. Marotta had a solo homer in the first for the Friars, who gave up two runs to St. Francis due to fielding errors.
“We only had two strikeouts and were hitting the ball hard, but just weren’t able to find the gaps,” said Butler.
Fenwick hosts Marist at the Dominican Priory in River Forest for a doubleheader on Saturday (11 a.m.).