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Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 1:59 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 2:13 p.m. CDT
(Matthew Piechalak)
Glenbard South's Tarah Valdez eyes a pitch April 22 during a home game against Fenton. Matthew Piechalak – mpiechalak@shawmedia.com

GLEN ELLYN — Upstart Elmwood Park entered Glen Ellyn Monday with an undefeated mark in the Metro Suburban Conference softball standings and a chance to knock Glenbard South into second place.

Not so fast.

Scoring five runs in each of the first two innings, the defending Class 3A state champion Raiders (14-2, 7-0) cruised to a 10-0 five-inning win to remain undefeated in league play.

"It was a big game, the girls knew that," said Glenbard South coach Julie Fonda. "And we needed to bounce back from Saturday (a 3-1 loss to Peotone). It was good to see their approach at the plate, it was fantastic. We batted around in the first inning and batted around in the second."

Glenbard South was scheduled to face another major test on Wednesday against Benet, which was 12-2 entering the game and considered one of the top teams in Class 4A.

"That is a good measuring stick for us," Fonda said. "They are looked at as the team to beat in the area. Hopefully my girls rise to the occasion."

A busy week continues Thursday with a matchup against Riverside Brookfield followed by games against Trinity and York on Friday and Saturday.

"RB at their place is never an easy place to play," the coach said. "And Trinity, this is probably their best team. One through nine, they hit the ball.

"I'm excited to see how this week goes."

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