LISLE — It was nearly a perfect return home.
Playing on its home field at Lisle Community Park for the first time since mid-April, Lisle High School’s softball team played 12 innings before falling to visiting Seneca, 8-7, on Monday.
“It was a really good game,” Lisle coach Jen Pomatto said. “I just wish we had won it.”
Seneca scored in the top of the sixth to tie the game 5-5. Neither team scored again until the 12th inning. Four hits and an error led to three Seneca runs in the top half of the 12th, but the Lions (10-6 overall, 6-4 Interstate Eight Conference) didn’t go quietly.
Lauren Holub singled to start Lisle’s half of the 12th and scored from second on Abby Tarasewicz’s two-out single. Kelly Urban followed with a double to score Tarasewicz, but a strikeout ended the rally and the game for the Lions.
Summer Stitt pitched all 12 innings and struck out 14 batters. She yielded only four earned runs, and the Lions committed four errors in the game. That’s one area where Pomatto hopes to see improvement before the postseason begins May 13.
“We’re hitting the ball,” said Pomatto, whose team swatted 18 hits in Monday’s loss. “But we have to take care of the ball in the field. We need to clean that up, and we need to have smarter baserunning.
“I keep telling them we’re in every game, and our goal is to be playing our best softball in two weeks.”
The last time Lisle played even close to campus was Friday’s 8-5 loss to Manteno in a game played at Benet. Just like Monday, it wasn’t the result Pomatto and the Lions were hoping for, but it was nice to have a sizable home crowd.
“We were able to have our crowd,” Pomatto said. “We were just happy to be playing and not have to travel. No long bus ride. The girls and myself are very appreciative of Benet for letting us play there.”