BARRINGTON – There is no doubt that Fillies junior Keenan Dolezal is a great pitcher.
In Barrington’s season-opening softball game Friday, Dolezal showed that she can also hit just as well as she can pitch with three hits in a 7-2 win over Stevenson at The Dome in Rosemont.
The game was played indoors after the team’s Spring Fling Tournament was cancelled earlier in the season.
It didn’t all go well for the Fillies as the Patriots got on the board first in the second inning on a RBI groundout by Kat Trotter after Abby O’Connor had started the inning with a double and moved to third on an error. Barrington would respond right away in the top of the third inning with two runs to take the lead for good.
Kelly Katis led off with a single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Mikala Cecola. Later in the inning, Dolezal had her second hit of the game with a single up the middle which scored Katie Dehnert.
The Fillies added runs in the fourth and fifth innings and opened up the game with three runs in the seventh to put the game away. A RBI groundout by Samantha McQueen scored Julie Magro which was followed by a two-run single by Katis to make it 7-1.
Stevenson would score in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single from Dana Morgan but she was thrown out at second to end the game on the play.
Otherwise, it was a day dominated by Dolezal who finished with six strikeouts which giving up just four hits and said that she wanted to show from the get-go that she is a complete player who can hit as well as pitch.
“I really wanted to hit because last year, I really didn’t get a chance to hit for the team,” Dolezal said. “This year, I really wanted toprove myself.”
Dolezal has a new catcher this season in freshman Rachel Krzysko, who had two doubles herself and a RBI on the afternoon. Dolezal added that there isn’t much of a learning process with the young Krzysko behind the plate.
“I’ve known her for quite a while,” Dolezal said. “We have a really good chemistry already. I thought it was really good for the first game.”
Fillies coach Perry Peterson said that there were some easy jitters from his team being the first game of the season.
“I think the kids have waited and they wanted to play but realistically it’s the first game so there are some nerves but it will get better,” Peterson said.
It was the second straight loss for Stevenson on the season and coach Larry Friedrichs said that while there was some improvement, more is needed.
“It was better than we played (Thursday),” Friedrichs said.“It was good to see us shut things down the first couple innings. We created some challenges for ourselves but managed to work out of them in the early innings so that was good.”
The two teams faced off again Saturday with the Fillies trouncing Stevenson 11-1 in six innings after scoring nine runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to win by the 10-run rule.
Barrington then played Mundelein and pounded the Mustangs 11-0 in another game ended after six innings by the run rule.