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Lemont softball gets a breather with comfortable win

Published: Thursday, April 24, 2014 3:50 p.m. CDT
(Scott Schmid - sschmid@shawmedia.com)
Lemont pitcher Jessica Spinelli delivers a pitch during Tuesday's game against Hillcrest. The Indians earned an 11-1 win in the South Suburban Conference contest.

LEMONT – In the midst of a season that has been filled with a litany of close games so far, Lemont’s softball team got to take a bit of a breather Tuesday.

Jumping out to an early 6-0 lead, coach Chris Traina was able to play her entire roster in an eventual 11-1, five-inning win against Hillcrest.

“It’s always nice to play everybody,” Traina said, “and we have confidence in all of them.”

Rylie Jay had an RBI single in the opening inning before Lauren May followed with an two-run double.

Jay added a two-run homer in the second, May and Elaina Latz contributed run-scoring hits in the fourth, and Maddy Vermejan drove in Autumn Rita with the final run in the fifth inning after Rita tripled.

“Our bats are coming around, but there are little things we’ve got to keep working on,” Traina said. “As I keep saying, this group has a lot of fight. Even if we are down, they keep coming back.”

Traina continued to use a pitching-by-committee approach against Hillcrest as Emily Durham started and tossed two frames before Jessica Spinelli came on in relief. In Monday’s 16-6 win against Argo, Lauren Young got the starting nod and Spinelli closed out the contest.

“The best way of saying it is if someone isn’t on, somebody else will step in and help the team out,” the coach said. “All of them have started at different times and all of them have come on in relief at different times.”

In the five-inning victory against Argo, Vermejan was 3-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs, and Jay added three hits and four RBIs.

On April 17, the Indians beat 2013 Class 3A third-place finisher Tinley Park, 5-4, as May was 3-for-3 with an RBI.

Lemont, which entered Thursday’s game against TF North with a 12-4 record, will play Evergreen Park in a make-up game today before traveling to Plainfield South for a 10 a.m. matchup Saturday.

“We definitely want to keep working on things,” Traina said, “We never want to be satisfied. These girls are willing to work to get better.”

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