After starting 5-0 this season including a sweep of area-rival Lyons Township, the Riverside-Brookfield softball team experienced its first slump under new head coach John Vermillion last week.

“It was a tough week for us,” Vermillion said, “but I’m confident we will bounce back and play well.”

York took two games from RB on Saturday in Elmhurst, 5-0 and 7-6. In the twin bill opener, York pitcher Tessa Knoll held the Bulldogs to three hits en route to the Dukes’ shutout victory. Game Two was a different story as RB came to life offensively, scoring five runs within the first three innings. With RB up 5-0, the Dukes responded with five unanswered runs, highlighted by a two-run homer that tied the game at 5-5 in the sixth.

The seventh inning provided more drama as RB scored first to take a 6-5 advantage courtesy of a clutch RBI double from Becky Mantel that scored Kiley Rusen. Once again, York rallied with two runs in the bottom of the seventh via an RB error, two doubles and a sacrifice fly to complete the sweep.

Earlier last week, the Bulldogs dropped a pair of Metro Suburban Conference games to league newcomer Glenbard South. The Raiders edged RB 5-4 on Thursday with the game ending on a controversial call at the plate. Trailing Glenbard South 5-4 in the seventh inning with two outs, Ashlee Haugh hit a single to center which RB teammate Molly Ely tried to score on from second base. She was called out at home plate on a very close call to end the game.

The Bulldogs opened the tough luck week with an 8-1 loss to the Raiders. Glenbard South pitcher Jess Wilkes limited RB to five hits. In the second inning, Glenbard South tallied seven runs via five hits and three RB errors.

The Bulldogs resume conference play with a pair of games against Fenton, and also face De La Salle and Morton this week.