At 15-9 with a 6-1 conference record, the Riverside-Brookfield High School softball team is well on its way to the playoffs and potentially a Metro Suburban Conference championship. The team’s momentum was briefly halted last Thursday by Fenwick, which dealt RBHS a 6-3 loss and snapped the Bulldogs’ seven-game winning streak.
Fenwick seized a 5-0 lead through 3.1 innings as freshman catcher Kayley Sherwood (2-for-4) delivered the big blow with a two-run homer over the left field fence. Bri Keys finished 2-for-3 and sophomore pitcher Grace Tucek went the distance with 10 strikeouts for the Friars.
Kendall Hastings was 2-for-4 at the plate for the Bulldogs.
“We hit some balls hard against Fenwick and put up a good fight,” RBHS senior pitcher Liz DiMonte said. “Overall, I think we are playing good softball. We have a lot of potential and big things are ahead for us.”
In other games last week, RBHS doubled up Fenton 16-8 and crushed Argo 18-0. Senior catcher Lana Herrmann finished a combined 5-for-7 with four home runs in the two wins. Lyndsey Hoyd and Taylor Holin both went 2-for-3 against Fenton.
Hastings (3-for-4, home run) and Ava Castelaz (2-for-3, home run) led the onslaught against Argo, while DiMonte recorded the win with five strikeouts.
For the week, Herrmann hit .641 (6-for-13) with four homers, two singles and 13 RBIs and Hastings hit .600 (6-for-10) with a home run, two doubles, three singles and five RBIs.
RBHS water polo
The Bulldogs open the playoffs this week as the boys team (13-13) takes on Westinghouse and the girls team (11-18) faces Morton with both matches at the Fenwick Sectional. With first-round wins, both teams would advance to face the top-seeded Friars, with the boys game on Thursday and the girls game on Friday (both matches start at 4:30 p.m.)
RBHS boys tennis
The Bulldogs pulled out a 3-2 win over West Chicago as sophomore Frankie Filec earned a straight-sets victory at No. 2 singles. The doubles teams of Ben Pollock/Evan St. Paul and Erik Roedel and Brandon Winslow each won a match as well for RBHS (5-8-1).
RBHS girls soccer
The Bulldogs picked up a pair of wins, 1-0 against Aurora Central Catholic and 3-0 over Immaculate Conception, improving to 10-5 this spring. RBHS, which features a plethora of promising players including high-scoring freshman forward Allie Kucera, freshman goalkeeper Emily Graham and sophomore midfielders Esther Annoreno, Ivy Marcucci and Kathryn Sessler, visits Proviso West on Thursday (4:30 p.m.) and Glenbard South on Saturday (4:30 p.m.).
LTHS girls track and field
The Lyons Township High School girls track and field team finished a close third at the outdoor West Suburban Conference Silver Division Meet on Saturday at Glenbard West.
The Lions (109 points) finished just four points behind co-champions Oak Park and River Forest and Downers Grove North (113) after winning the last three titles.
Wisconsin-bound LTHS senior Emma Haugen won all four of her individual events – high jump (meet-record 5 feet, 7 inches), triple jump (36-11.5), 100-meter high hurdles (15.71 seconds) and 300 low hurdles (46.70).
LTHS junior Vanessa Flaherty won the 1,600-meter run (5:12.25) after earlier taking second in the 800 (2:19.76).
Trinity track and field
The Blazers tied with Mother McAuley for third place (110 points each) behind champion Loyola Academy (187) and Saint Ignatius (133) at the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference Championships hosted by Loyola Academy.
Senior Anna Sloan earned recognition as the GCAC Athlete of the Meet for her victories in the 100-meter dash (12.10), the 200 (24.83), and as the anchor of the 800 relay with senior Tatiana Nieves, junior Kenzie Hunt, and Senior Alexis Gay (1:45.88). Sloan also anchored the 400 relay with Alexis Gay, Kenzie Hunt, and Sierra Brown (49.69) which took second place.
Junior Emily Doyle was the conference champion in the 3,200-meter run with a personal-best time of 11:58.26. Brown notched second in the triple jump with a personal-best leap of 37 feet, 4 inches and she also placed third in the high jump (4-8), and the 100 hurdles (15.79).