Roadrunners run into red-hot pitcher in sectional defeat

LA GRANGE PARK – Nazareth softball is a program that has improved in recent years, but they couldn’t get through a hot pitcher.

The Roadrunners fell to Lemont, 6-0, in the Class 3A Nazareth sectional semifinal May 29. Indians senior Carly Jaworski had 12 strikeouts to end the Roadrunners’ season.

Nazareth couldn’t get much off Jaworski, who limited to the Roadrunners to three hits and also had a home run and three RBIs at the plate. Senior pitcher Holly Haberkorn took the loss.

“We faced quality pitching throughout the year, but I thought she did an excellent job of commanding and mixing up her pitches,” Nazareth coach Kristen Stojetz said. “We knew that you have to score to win and we did not hit the ball. She made us look silly.”

The Roadrunners finished the season 21-16 and won a regional for the fourth year in a row. The record is maybe slightly deceiving thanks to the quality of the East Suburban Catholic Conference. Nazareth went 7-11 in a league that had four other regional winners including undefeated 2A state champ Bishop McNamara.

Haberkorn, Katherine Greene and Jessica Sauzameda made up the team’s senior class. Those three depart, but four freshmen and a sophomore contributed this season. Freshmen Mia Davis and Karah Ritacco, an all-conference selection, especially stepped up.

“Our graduating seniors are huge holes to fill, but I feel like we’re headed as a program in the right direction,” Stojetz said. “I feel like we grew throughout the season, which is what you want to see. You want progress. People stepped up at the plate and learned. We just had good senior leadership. We have three seniors and they definitely raised the expectations for our program, which is what Nazareth softball continues to do.”