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Heartbreaking regional loss teaches LT softball lesson

WESTERN SPRINGS – Losses like this can only become moments to learn from.

Lyons Township softball was one out away from beating Hinsdale South in the Class 4A LT regional semifinal on Thursday, but a two-out double by Lauren Cairo drove in two runs to tie the game in the seventh inning. The Hornets went on to win 5-3 in nine innings.

“I’m sorry we didn’t get it done for the seniors, but as far as the juniors, sophomores and freshman they’ve go to take something from this game,” said LT coach Dawn Schabacker. “I told them ‘I’m going to remind you of this game and say remember when you just let it slip away? You were right there, one out away from getting into tomorrow’s game so you’ve got to take a little bit from there.’”

LT beat Hinsdale South in two previous meetings this season.

It was a sloppy game to end on. The Lions committed six errors, leading to four unearned runs, while the Hornets committed five errors, leading to one unearned run.

The loss ended a 20-14 season for the Lions, including a 6-6 mark in the West Suburban Silver. Four seniors, Dominique Gonzalez, Katie Hogan, Meghan Klima and Becky Ryckman, closed out their careers.

LT featured a freshman and four sophomores on the varsity team by the end of the season and the core of the team was juniors like Ashley Koziol, who started in the circle and had drove in all three LT runs, Stefanie D’Anna, Kayla Morrissey and Katie Dzierwa.

Schabacker was optimistic about the future, but that doesn’t take away the sting of the loss.

“One game does not define your season, unfortunately when it’s a regional playoff game it does,” Schabacker said. “We’ve got a good core coming back. ... but I’d like to have been in that regional (final).”

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