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North struggles at plate vs. defending Class 3A state champs

Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 1:00 p.m. CDT

DOWNERS GROVE — When the softball teams from Downers Grove North and Glenbard South get together, it always seems to be a tight game.

That trend continued Saturday with the Raiders getting the better of the Trojans in a 2-1 game in Glen Ellyn.

“They’re very good every year and they always give us a good game. The last three or four years I think they’ve all been one-run games,” North coach Mark Magro said. “Tip your hat to them they beat us.”

Elaine Heflin suffered the pitching loss despite holding the Raiders to just five hits. The Trojans (8-4) struggled to string hits together and finished with three, but hitting was hard to come by for both teams in a game that was scoreless through five innings.

“Their two runs, they had one ball hit out of the infield,” Magro said. “We had one hard-hit ball, Allie Woitovich’s double to the gap. Other than that there wasn’t much. I was a little disappointed. I don’t think we came ready to play, and that’s on my shoulders.”

The defending Class 3A state champion Raiders started a tough week for the Trojans. After facing a much-improved Oak Park-River Forest on Monday, North will play defending 4A champ Marist Thursday in Chicago and 2012 regional champ Plainfield East Friday in Plainfield. Magro wouldn’t have it any other way.

“Playing good teams is going to help up,” the coach said. “We kind of fell asleep (in the playoffs) the last couple years. We have bigger goals, and playing good teams is going to help us.”

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