LISLE - In the end, the refrain was much the same as it was all season for Lisle’s softball team.
The Lions came close but couldn’t seal the deal in a season-ending, eight-inning 5-4 loss May 14 to Aurora Central Catholic in a semifinal game of the Class 2A ACC regional.
“I told the girls they have to give credit to ACC,” Lisle coach Jen Pomatto said. “They beat us, they went on to win a regional – they played awesome. I feel we didn’t capitalize on their errors and we didn’t hit well. We didn’t hit well all year. We had a lot of ground balls and pop-ups, and we didn’t adjust at the plate. Their pitcher kept our hitters off balance.”
Tied 3-3 after seven innings, ACC scored twice in the top of the eighth, but Lisle could only manage one run in the bottom of the frame when Erica Krause scored on a single by Melissa Ericson.
“We came back and fought,” Pomatto said, whose team trailed 3-0 after three innings and battled back with a three-run fifth inning. “Summer Stitt pitched a pretty good game, but we only had four hits to their 10.”
The Lions finished the year with a 13-12 record, one this is slightly deceiving as six of those losses came by three runs or less. Four were one-run losses.
“We were right there and I still feel we had the ability to win the regional and few more games during the season,” Pomatto said, noting one-run conference losses to Coal City, Seneca and Westmont. “I feel we were right there, but we never put it all together – hitting, pitching and fielding – all at the same time.”
Lisle will say goodbye to seven seniors on this year’s team, but there will be plenty to build around next year.
“We graduate seven but we also have seven coming back, and I feel like the young kids got a lot of good experience,” Pomatto said. “We might struggle a little next year, but we should be competitive again.”