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Lemont moves on from early losses

LEMONT – Dropping the first two games of the 2014 season is a distant memory for Lemont’s softball team.

In fact, the Indians responded by winning eight of their next nine contests, including sweeping a doubleheader from Hinsdale South on Saturday.

“The hitting is definitely coming around,” Lemont coach Chris Traina said. “But we are still trying to put everybody together and get that feel of everybody working together.”

Lemont won the nonconference opener against the Hornets by a 3-0 margin as Lauren Young tossed a one-hitter. Maddy Vermejan paced the offense with a double, home run and three RBIs.

The squad then beat South 12-5 in the nightcap as Vermejan and Lisa Jaworski each tallied three hits and two RBIs.

“I thought we played a lot better as a team on Saturday,” Traina said. “Mentally, we were more into the games and that’s a big thing this year. We want to be thinking the game, not just playing the game, and I thought we did a much better job doing that [over the] weekend.”

A day earlier, the Indians defeated Bremen 7-3 behind a double, home run and four RBIs from Rylie Jay.

“Maddy has been doing really well for us at the top of the lineup,” Traina said. “And we’ve had some other kids who have stepped up. We are starting to swing the bats really well.”

Young is one of four pitchers who have thrown innings for Lemont thus far. Emily Durham, Jessica Spinelli and Anna Smagacz are also contributing within the pitching circle.

“They all have that mentality that they want to be out there,” the coach said. “They just have to keep working and improving. I’ve seen progress with them each game.”

Lemont, which was scheduled to play Tinley Park Thursday, returns to the diamond on Saturday for a nonconference contest against Lincoln-Way North. Games against Hillcrest and T.F. North loom next week.

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