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Rams headed in right direction

LOMBARD – It hasn’t been a memorable season for Glenbard East softball, but the young Rams have shown some potential with the bats.

With just two seniors and one junior in the typical starting lineup, the Rams had to wait until Wednesday’s 8-1 victory against West Aurora to pick up their first win in the DuPage Valley Conference. However, sophomores such as Kailey Lyons and Marissa West have impressed.

“Consistently, we’ve been hitting all year,” coach Nikki Simpson said. “[West] is definitely carrying the team in all aspects right now as well as our center fielder, Kailey Lyons, our leadoff [hitter]. Those two are both sophomores, great players. Always in the game, always headsy about the game. They definitely are going to be future stars to help this program.”

Lyons was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and West was 3-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored Wednesday. Fellow sophomore Kelly Tyler added a grand slam and had five RBIs.

In Monday’s 13-5 loss against Wheaton Warrenville South, Lyons was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and West was 2-for-3 with two doubles, two RBIs and a run scored. Another sophomore, DoniBrooke Ross, homered against the Tigers.

West said her transition to varsity hasn’t been that tough thanks to her experience playing travel ball at a high level in the offseason.

“I’m used to the faster speed,” West said. “I play with girls my age, but the older girls have been really welcoming this season and good leaders for me.”

Despite the Rams’ struggles this season, West remains confident.

“When it comes to softball, I really enjoy being in pressure situations because most of the time I come through,” West said.

The key will be to make that confidence contagious the rest of this year and in the future with the young core.

“We definitely have our ups and downs, which is fine,” Simpson said. “We just need to learn to push through those downs and continue to consistently be at an up. Our downfall right now is having those one, two or three bad innings and not knowing how to stop the bleeding and get out of it.”

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