Rising stars take the diamond for Downers Grove North, South baseball, softball
Zabloudil and Zinnecker break out on baseball field, McFarland and Gockman shine in softball
Many high school players are debuting in the spotlight this spring for area baseball and softball teams – from seniors stepping into leadership roles to underclassmen earning starting varsity jobs.
School: Downers Grove North softball
Impact: There have been a ton of firsts for Gockman this season. She had never batted clean-up before this season, but now she is a mainstay in that spot in the order. She had never hit a home run before, and she has five already this season. She also has been able to call a few games on her own as a catcher. She's had a breakout season in every way. "I was looking for a big year out of her, and she's been wonderful," North coach Mark Magro said.
School: Downers Grove South softball
Impact: McFarland has made the jump from freshman ball to varsity ball look effortless. With a .472 batting average, she ranks third among the Mustangs' regulars. She leads the team with four home runs and is second with 18 RBIs, and she has played error-free defense in the outfield. "She's done a really nice job for us so far," South coach Ron Havelka said.
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