Softball

With a little over a week to think about a loss to Rockford Christian on April 7, the Richmond-Burton girls soccer team came out ready for revenge on Tuesday.
HUNTLEY – Huntley’s Macy Tramblay won the 100-meter high hurdles and took second in the 300 hurdles to help the Red Raiders to a third-place finish in their own Jennifer Kearns Invitational on Saturday.
Sarah Schaefer
CRYSTAL LAKE – Whenever Crystal Lake South junior pitcher Hailee Massie went up against a Johnsburg batter Friday, there was a good chance her screwball would end up sending the batter back to the dugout.
AJ Howaniec hit a two-run triple in the bottom of the sixth inning Friday to break a tie and lead Crystal Lake South to a 6-2 Fox Valley Conference crossover win against Grayslake North in Crystal Lake.
MAPLE PARK — The Marengo softball team does not have one player who will do everything. Everyone contributes.
Marian Central freshmen Grace Shukis and Maddie Peters combined to pitch a six-inning no-hitter in a 12-0 mercy-rule win over host Johnsburg on Thursday.
ALGONQUIN –It didn't matter that the Cary-Grove softball team was without two of its starting pitchers because of injuries Thursday in an important divisional game.
Sarah Schaefer had just one hit but made it count.
Maddie Drain hit a three-run walkoff home run in the bottom of the seventh to lead the Prairie Ridge softball team to an 8-5 victory over Palatine in Crystal Lake Tuesday night.
Brian Wells pitched a seven-inning shutout for Richmond-Burton in a 10-0 win over Big Northern Conference East Division opponent North Boone.
CRYSTAL LAKE – Prairie Ridge was down to its final out Monday afternoon against Belvidere North and looked like it would go down quietly in defeat.
Early into the spring season, McHenry softball coach John DiFrancesca knew it would be difficult to get in a game with snow still dusting the field amid frigid temperatures.
The Marian Central softball team went 3-0 at the Rockford East Invite on Saturday in Rockford to win its pool. The Hurricanes won, 7-4, against Rockford Jefferson, 6-3, against Hampshire and 8-3 in six innings against Durand.
McHenry's badminton team got its first win of the season Friday by beating host Waukegan, 12-3.
Hailey Baker committed to an NCAA Division I college before she had set foot in the pitcher’s circle for a varsity softball game.
Dundee-Crown baseball pitchers Tyler Lewan and Riley Alvarado combined to no-hit host Buffalo Grove in a 12-2 six-inning, nonconference win Wednesday.
CRYSTAL LAKE – Even though Wednesday wasjust Richmond-Burton’s second game of the season, the Rockets looked to be in midseason form. Thanks to some timely hitting, solid pitching, and quality defense, Richmond-Burton defeated Crystal Lake South 10-1.
HARVARD – It appeared early on in Wednesday’s non-conference softball game between Johnsburg and Harvard that it could be to be a high-scoring affair with the wind blowing out at Lions Field.
HARVARD – Richmond-Burton freshman pitcher Rachel Hayden’s introduction to varsity softball didn’t feature an easy welcome.
In McHenry’s baseball season opener Monday, the Warriors traveled to Waukegan and won, 6-4, in nonconference play.
McHENRY – After scoring just three runs and being shut out once in its first two games, the McHenry softball team was looking to get some offense going in its Fox Valley Conference crossover game against Crystal Lake Central.
Woodstock’s Maura Beattie and Jacobs’ Lauren Van Vlierbergen are definitely ready for the outdoor track and field season.
CRYSTAL LAKE – For the first time this spring, Jacobs and Marian Central finally had an opportunity to play on a softball diamond.
Sara Finn went 2 for 4 including a double and a triple to lead Hampshire to a 15-4 five-inning win over Elgin at the Dome in Rosemont.
Hampshire softball pitcher Haley Widmayer took a no-hitter into the bottom of the sixth inning against St. Edward before allowing a hit into the left-field gap.
ROSEMONT – The Huntley softball team's philosophy for its game Wednesday against Freeport at the Dome in Rosemont was to score in every inning.
ROSEMONT – McHenry softball coach John DiFrancesca hopes that, as the weather warms, so too will the Warriors' bats.
The McHenry boys water polo team went 2-1 Saturday to finish fifth at the eight-team Schaumburg Invitational
ROSEMONT –Holding a one-run lead entering the bottom of the sixth inning, Marengo wanted to extend its lead and put even more pressure on McHenry to come through in their final at-bats on Saturday.
Fox Valley Conference
Five players to watch
McHenry softball coach John DiFrancesca only needs to take a quick look around his infield to see the potential of his team.
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On Monday, the weather looked a little brighter. But, like most of this winter, snow is expected again soon enough.
McHenry senior Katelyn Sena rarely has much spare time.
Kristin Koepke always saw herself in a small college environment.
Eight schools, all of which are currently in the BNC East or the FVC Fox, are poised to make up a new athletic conference beginning in 2015.
Eight schools, including six from McHenry County, are poised to make up a new athletic conference beginning in 2015.
Alex Martens developed a fondness for Southeastern Conference softball after watching the Women’s College World Series.
McHenry sophomore infielder Alex Martens, a Northwest Herald All-Area second-team selection, has committed to play softball at Kentucky.
It started with getting good grades, but the Crystal Lake Comets 16U team is having an impact on its community far beyond the softball field.
Casey Oliver Crystal Lake South
Sara Wiedmaier’s college eligibility has expired, but the 2009 Marengo graduate will have a couple more weeks to play competitive softball this summer.
Five local softball players received All-State second-team honors from the Illinois Coaches Association, which announced its state teams Friday.
Stepping into the batter’s box as Prairie Ridge pitcher Kirsten Stevens stands 43 feet away in the circle equated to a nightmare scenario for any hitter.
Crystal Lake Central softball coach Brian Strombom knew his team had the potential to accomplish something special.

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