LISLE — Lisle's softball team was supposed to start the season March 15.
More than two weeks later, the Lions finally set foot on a field for the season opener April 2 and scored a 5-2 win over Aurora Central Catholic.
Less than week after that, the Lions improved to 3-1 on the season with Monday's 7-6 win over visiting Plano in the first of a two-game Interstate Eight Conference series. They topped the Reapers 14-2 Tuesday to improve to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the I-8.
"We scored early and we were doing a really good job going to right field with their outside pitches," coach Jen Pomatto said. "Credit to them, they adjusted and we started pressing and started hitting it right at their shortstop."
The Reapers battled back from the early deficit to tie the game at 6-6 going into the Lions' half of the sixth inning, when the hosts plated the winning run. Kelly Urban got on, the ensuing sacrifice bunt turned into an error, and Summer Stitt reached on a fielder's choice to load the bases. Kate Twaddle plated Urban from third with a deep sacrifice fly to center field.
Through four games, both the offense and the new-look pitching staff have both been impressive to Pomatto.
"I know we're capable of putting up runs," the coach said. "I feel as long as we don't press, we'll be OK. The girls are all making good contact and having good plate appearances, and everybody is getting it done.
"And I told our pitchers, we're not going to overpower anybody in that department but I want to be in every game, and so far that's what's happened."
Against ACC, Twaddle drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, part of a three-RBI performance on the day. Twaddle plated Stitt with the game's first run in the bottom of the first. Stitt struck out seven and yielded one run on five hits to earn the pitching win.
Herscher struck for four runs in the sixth inning to deal Lisle a 5-3 loss in an Interstate Eight Conference game Friday. Lisle jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the fourth on Hayley Belina's RBI single and two passed balls.
Lisle responded to the defeat with a resounding 11-0 win over Timothy Christian Saturday in Elmhurst. Shelby Jensen started at pitcher and yielded just one hit while striking out eight. At the plate, Kristin Holub was 2-for-3, with a triple, run and three RBIs, while Bella Daly was also 2-for-3.