DOWNERS GROVE – Elaine Heflin deserved the rest.
As if it wasn’t enough that the Downers Grove North senior pitched in back-to-back games last week, the second game was a perfect game in the Trojans’ 5-0 win over West Suburban Silver-rival York on Friday.
It was her second perfect game of the season. She struck out 14 batters and had help from three great defensive plays, two by second baseman Carolyn Nojiri and one by third baseman Brittany Nagy.
Heflin pitched well enough to win Thursday when she surrendered just four hits to defending state champ Marist, but four errors led to four unearned runs in North’s 4-3 loss. After a wild two days, Heflin got a breather when North split a weekend doubleheader against Addison Trail.
“She’s having a great year, but we thought we should rest her a little bit,” North coach Mark Magro said. “We all thought it was best not to pitch her over the weekend.”
Five unearned runs sank starting pitcher Anne Lusher and the Trojans in a 7-5 loss to the Blazers in the first game Saturday. Jaclyn Pasakarnis did her best to keep North (11-6 overall, 3-0 WSS) in the game when she belted a home run, but it wasn’t enough.
“Lusher did well but the defense made errors,” Magro said. “She kept battling and kept us in it, though.”
North rebounded nicely in the second game. Kelsey Gockman swatted a home run as part of a 12-hit attack in the Trojans’ 11-0, five-inning win. Nagy earned the pitching win.
The victory in the second game was a momentum boost as North gets set to play five WSS games in a week. After traveling to Proviso West and Hinsdale Central Monday and Tuesday, they will host Glenbard West (4:30 p.m. Wednesday) and Central (4:30 p.m. Friday) before traveling to York on Monday.