CICERO – Just as the news was getting good for Morton softball, potentially devastating news hit.
The Mustangs went 5-0 last week to stay on the heels of Downers Grove South in the West Suburban Gold and are playing their best ball of the season. The bad news is that catcher Jenna Boyajian had a knee injury and could miss significant time depending on the severity.
Boyajian is a three-year starter behind the plate and a key bat in the middle of the order so missing her would be a big blow to the Mustangs. Coach Tom Eukovich said she is having an MRI and expects to hear the results Wednesday.
“I’m confident in the rest of our players,” Eukovich said. “Other people are going to have to step up because Jenna has been a solid catcher for three years.”
Morton has been getting contributions from different places. The Mustangs improved to 14-3 overall after Saturday’s 12-1 nonconference win over Curie. West Suburban Gold wins over Proviso East, Addison Trail and Leyden improved Morton to 5-1 in the Gold. The Mustangs also beat Kennedy on Wednesday.
“We’ve been getting good pitching and some clutch hitting,” Eukovich said. “We’re playing good ball right now. We’re just kind of waiting to see how severe [Boyajian’s injury] is.”
Freshman Karina Madera moved behind the plate in Boyajian’s absence on Saturday. Madera had been playing third base and has been a key addition to the team this year. However, Eukovich lamented the loss of experience behind the plate.
Morton has a busy couple of weeks ahead before the playoffs start the week of May 20. Monday’s game against Leyden marked the first of six Gold games to be played over the next two weeks. The Mustangs sat one loss behind Downers Grove South, which was undefeated in the conference at the start of the week.
“We basically have to win out because Downers doesn’t have any [losses] and we play them Monday,” Eukovich said. “We want that game to mean something on Monday.”
Morton hosts South on Monday in a game that could decide the conference.
“Hopefully the next two weeks we’ll play [really] well so we can get ready for the playoffs,” Eukovich said.