Bolingbrook softball wins program's first regional title
LISLE – Megan Lotarski isn't usually one to over react.
So when a little bloop pop-up fell into her mitt and sealed Bolingbrook's first softball regional title, it wasn't a surprise to head coach Jean Ryan-Moak to see Lotarski remain calm.
"She just kind of put the ball down and walked off the field," Ryan-Moak said.
The Raiders defeated host and highly-regarded Benet 7-1 in Saturday's regional championship game a year after the Redwings ended the Raiders season in the same game.
"It feels kind of surreal," Ryan-Moak. "At the end of the game I think I was a little more excited than the girls just because I've been around the program and know that it's been a long time coming.
"Annie [assistant coach Annie Plackett] and me were excited for the team."
Saturday's regional title was the first in program history. Bolingbrook has been playing softball since 1975.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fifth when Benet pushed a run across. Olivia Simpson hit a three-run home run for the Raiders in the top of the sixth.
Bolingbrook (18-11) added four insurance runs in the seventh. Brie Smith hit safely and Lorrin Pondo doubled, and both came home on Nicole Bond's single. After Danielle Cinquepalmi doubled, Jen Jacobson singled home Bond and Cinquepalmi.
Simpson also had the big hit in the Raiders' 2-1 win against Naperville North in the regional semifinal. Her triple scored Jacobson after Jacobson had drive in Gianna Esposito.
"It was right in my zone and I hit the ball hard," Simpson said. "I was just looking to hit the ball hard and get [Jen] in."
Bolingbrook couldn't keep its magical playoff run going as it lost 6-1 against Naperville Central in a sectional semifinal game.