CAROL STREAM — Heading into the spring, the questions Julie Fonda had about her defending Class 3A champion team were based not on talent but on a lack of experience.
But after the initial stages of the 2013 season, the Glenbard South coach is more than pleased with how the Raiders have started.
"They have risen to the occasion," Fonda said.
Fonda made those comments after the team's first loss of the young season, a 6-1 setback to Class 4A Glenbard North on Monday.
"We've played some good teams," she said. "We basically did a DVC (DuPage Valley Conference) tour and came out 5-1. Glenbard North will do some damage this year. They've got good hitting and their infield, it's the best infield around."
A scoreless game into the bottom of the third inning, the Panthers plated four runs in the frame. Jane Trzaska started in the pitching circle for the Raiders but was removed after three frames due to back soreness. Taylor Carli worked three innings in relief.
Offensively, Glenbard South was held to just five hits by Glenbard North ace Lindsey Cherry.
"I thought Taylor did a great job coming in and hitting spots," Fonda said. "She mixed it up. I'm proud of her.
"She (Lindsey) is a good pitcher and she moves it around. We talked to them after the game about having to learn from your at-bats. Obviously we are a young team to some extent. We have some freshmen and sophomores sprinkled in and some juniors who didn't play a lot last year."
Glenbard South had begun the 2013 season with a 2-1 win over Naperville North on April 2 and followed with victories over West Chicago, Wheaton North, Montini and Wheaton Warrenville South.
A busy week for the Raiders was set to resume with matchups against Willowbrook, Ridgewood and Glenbard East on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.