WESTMONT – Two games, two locations, two favorable outcomes, both on and off the field.
Westmont’s softball team played a doubleheader Friday with the second game taking place under the lights at Twin Lakes Park. The Sentinels defeated Herscher 1-0 in the afternoon and won 7-0 against Newark under the lights, extending their winning streak to four games while helping a good cause.
“We raised right around $1,500 for Illinois Special Olympics,” Westmont head coach Jason Bolden said. “The kids sold T-shirts and did a great job raising awareness for athletes with special needs, and the Westmont community did a great job supporting it.”
This was the first year the Sentinels had a fundraiser at a game, but they plan to do more in the future.
“We plan to do this again next year,” Bolden said. “We want to try to play under the lights again. It was a special experience.”
Bolden said next year, the plan will be to play just one game under the lights as opposed to playing two games at two sites on the same day.
“The reason we did both Friday was that Saturday was prom,” Bolden said.
Kristen Skala earned the pitching win against Herscher and provided her own run support with a solo home run for the only score of the game. The victory lifted the Sentinels to 6-3 in the Interstate Eight Conference ahead of a two-game set against Coal City on Monday and Tuesday.
Westmont is in the hunt for an I-8 title, but Bolden and the Sentinels aren’t looking that far down the line.
“We just want to focus on one game at a time,” Bolden said. “When we do that, we play great softball and we get results.”
The win against Newark made it four straight before the Coal City series. Lindsay Brockoff laced a three-run home run. The Sentinels, who improved to 13-5 overall with the win, had outscored opponents 22-0 during the stretch as contributions have come from all over the field and up and down the lineup.
Maria Prete is batting close to .500 for the season, catcher Skyler Poel is playing well on both sides of the plate, senior Brockoff has produced in her first varsity season and Vanessa Possodoni and Katie Good have been solid in the outfield.
“We’ve been playing great defense, and the kids have been hitting better,” Bolden said. “The kids have really settled in.”