LOMBARD – Many coaches will preach the importance of having depth all the way through a lineup, but few have the luxury to actually obtain it.
Montini softball has reached rarefied air with strong hitters up and down the lineup. The result has been a Suburban Christian Conference Blue title and a No. 1 sectional seed.
"We're getting some production out of the bottom of our lineup," coach Richie Costante said. "Tacia [Mesina] usually bats eighth for us. She's our leading hitter right now. She's hitting over .400, which has been phenomenal. When your eight and nine hitters are hitting both over .400 it sets the table for the top of your order."
Cristina Barrett, Emily Lezcano, Lauren Trojnar, Alyssa Sclafani, Isabell Alexander and Morganne Evans have are all hitting over .300. The Broncos have also hit plenty of home runs to go with the average.
Sclafani hit her fourth home run of the season in a 7-3 win against St. Francis on Monday that sealed up the conference title. That brought the team's total up to 21.
Senior Sara Ross was one of five Broncos to go yard against Metea Valley Saturday in a 13-2 victory. Lezcano hit her team-leading ninth dinger in that game.
"It's like the home run club," Ross said. "Alyssa and Emily are the leaders right now, but I'm trying to get up there. I can't let the underclassmen beat me. They're amazing."
On Tuesday, Montini was given the top seed in the Class 3A Glenbard South sectional. Defending state champion Glenbard South, which Montini beat on April 10, is the No. 2 seed.
Pitching and defense is still important, but Montini's offense might be what carries them the rest of the way.
"We hit a lot and then we cooled off a little bit," Costante said. "Now we're starting to hit some more again, which is nice. Home runs are fun."
Montini baseball chasing in conference race
On the other diamond at Montini, the Broncos are also having a successful season, but don't have the conference wrapped up like the softball team.
The baseball team is 18-5 with three losses in the SCC, and Wednesday's loss against St. Francis took them out of the conference race.
The Broncos are getting back to full strength after starters Jake Mencacci and Tom Long were out with injuries.
The lineup is solid and has plenty of speed as expected, but the pitching staff, led by Sean and Eric Frontzak and Tyler Quick, has been strong. Montini has allowed just 24 runs in 15 SCC games.
"Our pitching has been pretty good this year," coach Bob Landi said. "Our top three have done real well so that's probably the biggest surprise."
The Broncos will host a regional as the No. 3 seed in the Glenbard South sectional.
"We think we got a pretty good lineup and some pretty good pitching," Landi said. "We're just now starting to get back to where we were at the very beginning of the year."
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