Always chasing pace, OPRF softball divides games
The Oak Park and River Forest High School softball team went 2-2 last week, still trying to establish a rhythm after postponing several games this spring.
On April 25, the Huskies (4-6) defeated host York 5-3. Aria Hammerschmidt went the distance in the circle, allowing three runs on six hits while walking three and striking out three. Ella Kuenster had two hits for OPRF.
On April 28, the Huskies dropped a thriller 10-9 to visit Glenbard West. Cate Barkdoll went 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs, and Kuenster (home run), Kelly Cortez and Kelly each had two hits and an RBI.
Two days later, OPRF split a doubleheader at Fremd. The Huskies won Game 1 6-4 as Kuenster went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs. Barkdoll and Cortez each had two hits and an RBI to back up Hammerschmidt, who allowed just one earned run in another full game.
In Game 2, Barkdoll homered twice and drove in five runs, but OPRF fell to the Vikings 11-8.
Despite allowing 10 runs to Leo in the fifth inning, visiting Fenwick (10-7) held off the Lions 14-13 on April 30.
Jimmy Martin had three hits and five RBIs to set the pace for the Friars, who had 12 hits. Will Gladden had a triple and two RBIs, and game-winning pitcher Luis Gonzales (3 innings, 0 ERA) assisted at home plate with two hits and an RBI.
Two days earlier at the Dominican Priory, Fenwick had it much easier against Leo, winning 14-4. Gladden had a grand slam inside the park as part of a seven RBI performance.
The Brothers had also lost a pair last week against the region’s top teams. On April 27, visiting St. Rita rallied for two runs in the top of the seventh to defeat Fenwick 7-6. Gonzales went 3 for 4 and Drew Horne 2 for 3 as the Brothers tallied 11 hits.
On April 29 at Marmion Academy, the host cadets managed four runs in the sixth to hand Fenwick a 5-3 loss. Finnley Koch hit a two-run single in the Friars’ loss.
The Trinity High School football team may be 1-9-1 this year, but they put their scoring struggles behind them last week against Mather as they battled to a 4-4 draw on April 28 at the Dominican University.
“In the 10 games before Mather, we scored a total of five goals,” Trinity coach Alex Hurtado said. “With the four goals against Mather, we almost doubled our total for the season. Last year we scored a total of five goals.
Senior Grace McCaughey had a hat trick with an assist. Sophomore Stephanie Jacinto had one goal and senior Isabel Rodriguez three assists for the Blazers, who are keen to maintain their increased production offensively.
“In the last five games of the season, we’re looking to continue improving our attacking performance and scoring goals,” Hurtado said.
Cross of the Trinity
Paige Smith scored her 100th career goal last week as the Blazers (6-5) notched a pair of wins, beating Providence Catholic 12-4 and Whitney Young 15-5. The junior midfielder has amassed 59 goals this season.