LISLE — Summer Stitt is a little sore. Can you blame her?
She was a softball pitcher in eighth grade. Now a junior at Lisle High School, she is back inside the pitcher’s circle for the Lions and has pitched in four of the first six games this season.
It’s a been a bit of an adjustment after playing shortstop, but Stitt is making the best of it.
“It’s tough on my shoulder because there are new muscles being used, but I’m enjoying it right now,” Stitt said. “It’s fun being in a different position and trying something new.”
Stitt isn’t totally a pitching rookie, but hurling at the high school level is a little bit different than what she was doing a few years ago.
“The girls are older and it’s a little bit intimidating sometimes, but you have to go in there with confidence and I know my team is going to back me up out there,” Stitt said.
Stitt has been effective in her starts so far this season, and her confidence and her abilities inside the circle should only increase as the season progresses.
“She’s used to being out at shortstop, and now she has more control of the game as a pitcher,” Lisle coach Jen Pomatto said. “She’s still learning it a little. We ask her to keep us in games. She has to know she can’t do it all herself and strike out everybody. She has to trust the offense and defense, and that’s part of learning as you go.”
A big key to pitching is the catcher, and in senior backstop Kristen Holub, Stitt has a good one at the other end of the battery.
“It helps having her there,” Stitt said of Holub, who calls her own game. “She knows what certain hitters can and can’t hit, and when I’m off she talks to me and keeps me calm. She definitely helps me and supports me.”
Holub came through April 11 against Reed-Custer, going 4-for-4 with a double, three singles and RBI in the first inning. Stitt also did her part, yielding just three hits while striking out five and walking none.
Lisle pounded out 15 hits, with everyone in the lineup notching at least one hit, including Kristina Fernette’s double in the fourth inning that scored Isabella Daly and Lauren Holub. Hayley Belina had a third-inning single that scored Lauren Holub and Melissa Ericson.
After a loss to Herscher April 5, the Lions won four in a row. The across-the-board production, strong pitching and solid defense are things Pomatto hopes continue throughout the season.
“I told the girls our big goal is to be playing our best softball going into the postseason,” the coach said. “Everybody is going to the playoffs, so we want to keep improving and hopefully we’ll be playing our best softball at the end of the year.”