LISLE – Lisle softball fell to Westmont, 3-0, on Monday, and the reasons for the defeat were easy to see.
“We didn’t make the adjustments at the plate,” Lisle coach Jen Pomatto said. “We chased bad pitches and they capitalized on a couple of our mistakes.”
Playing for the first time since a 15-4 loss to Seneca on April 30, the Lions (10-7 overall, 6-7 Interstate Eight Conference) committed three errors that led to three unearned runs for Westmont. And they couldn’t solve Westmont pitcher Kristen Skala, who struck out 14 batters en route to tossing a no-hitter. Lisle starter Summer Stitt allowed just two hits, but suffered the loss.
It wasn’t the prettiest performance of the season for Lisle, but Pomatto found the silver lining.
“They had a lead-off triple [in the sixth] and didn’t score, and they had two on in the seventh and didn’t score,” the coach said. “So we know we can do it when we need to.”
The Lions will need to get it done soon as they open the playoffs at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Aurora Central Catholic regional against either St. Joseph or ACC. Four straight losses, including Monday’s game, wasn’t the best way to build for the playoffs, but Lisle has plenty of chances to turn it around as it plays at Dwight on Thursday before coming home for it’s own tournament Friday and Saturday.
“We have a heavy week so plenty of people are going to get playing time,” Pomatto said. “The playoffs start Tuesday and I keep stressing to them that we have to make sure we’re ready for that day. We’re not in the hunt for conference so the biggest thing we have to worry about right now is the playoffs.”