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05/25/2016 12:16 PM -

Article: Somonauk softball team goes perfect 16-0 in L-10
Mention: Tayler Fall got the win allowing only 3 hits and 1 unearned run in 4 2/3 innings of work.  Fall also had a big day at the plate as she went 3-4 with 6 rbi’s.

Article: PRIME TIMES PLAYER: Rising Fall helping Somonauk soar
Mention: Tayler Fall has already experienced what many high school athletes can only dream of in her still short softball career.

As a freshman, she shined in helping lead the Somonauk Lady Bobcats reach the 2015 Class 1A state championship game while becoming an Illinois Coaches Association All-State Third Team selection. She also earned Times All-Area First Team accolades.Now as a sophomore, Fall is in the midst of another tremendous campaign. Her incredible versatility has seen her produce gaudy numbers at the plate, achieve near perfection in the pitching circle, and adapt to a new position defensively in the absence of an injured, all-state teammate.

Fall's current efforts have helped build the Lady Bobcats current record to an area best 23-1 while also ascending SHS to the No. 3-ranked position in the most recent ICA Class 1A state polls.



Article: Softball: Batavia sweeps Geneva 
Mention: Jaelin Lisberg smashed a 3-run double in the second inning, giving Rachael Lovestrand an early 5-run cushion.


Article: 2016 All American Games Selection
Mention: Alana Batista chosen as a direct select for the 14U USA Elite Select Futures All American Games! Alana will get to play in Orlando August 1-6 and represent the Midwest Region.

Article: Softball notes: Naperville Central puts runners in place with Abbey Place
Mention: Leckinger's hot bat: May has been a good month so far for Metea Valley's Kara Leckinger.

The senior catcher is batting .435 with five doubles and 12 RBIs this month for the Mustangs. Six of those RBIs have come on two-out hits. She also has a .500 on-base percentage and a .625 slugging percentage.

Metea (12-14) has set a program record with a six-game winning streak, and it's not coincidental to Leckinger's red-hot hitting streak.
Track and Field: Class 3A Hoffman Estates Sectional
(Jon Langham, Pioneer Press)

"She has always been solid behind the plate, and after a slow start, Kara has been hitting the best lately," Metea coach Kris Kalivas said. "She's a kid that wants to be successful every time she's at the plate, and she's also been throwing out runners as well. She's zoned in over the last couple weeks."


Article: Krantz and Krupp Lead 'Cats' on Senior Night
Mention: Tayler Fall laced a 2-run double to left.

Article: Softball insider: Bulldogs proudly display utility belts
Mention: A spot in the Batavia softball team's batting order has been a constant for sophomore Jalen Lisberg, who has seen time as a pitcher, outfielder and middle infielder in 2016.

Article: Softball: West Aurora, Beatus blank St. Charles North
Mention: West Aurora's Libby Zoppa, with helmet, returns to the dugout with her teammates after her fifth inning home run against St. Charles North in St. Charles Monday.

Article: High school softball: York stays steady ahead of big conference game
Mention: Mia Tran doubled and drove in a run against DGN, which was just the second game in which the Dukes scored three runs or less.

Article: Fenwick's improved approaches at plate yield more runs
Mention: Fenwick second baseman Rachel Martinez gets surrounded by her teammates after hitting a three-run homer. (Photo in article.)

Somonauk tops MA in battle of ranked teams
Mention: Sophomore cleanup hitter Tayler Fall led the offensive charge going 4-for-4 at the plate with a double and four runs batted in.

Article: Somonauk 11, Serena 1 (5 inn.)
  Backing winning pitcher Taylor Fall, who allowed one earned run, four hits and no walks while fanning seven, was a 10-hit attack that included Fall's hit and three runs batted in.

Article: Junianne Rurka named #BigEast Player of the Week!
Mention: Julianne Rurka @PCfriarsoftball picked up #BIGEASTsb Player of the Week honors after posting 8 RBI in a 4-0 Week!

Article: Somonauk 21, LaMoille-Ohio 0 (5 inn.)
Mention: At LaMoille, Tayler Fall went 4-for-4 at the plate with a double and five runs batted in to pace the Somonauk (16-1, 8-0) offense during its LTC rout of LaMoille-Ohio.

Article: Not so fast: Lisberg, Batavia softball corral Geneva
Mention: Batavia sophomore right-hander Jaelen Lisberg spaced three runs, seven hits, four strikeouts and three walks in a complete-game victory for the Bulldogs against Geneva on April 26.

Article: York's Mia Tran has breakout game while filling in at catcher
Mention: "Mia had a big game today and is looking really good at the plate lately," Nolan said. "She is getting more confidence at the plate and on the bases. Mia has really stepped up to the plate and hitting really well. The girls were really excited about her first home run. It was a really great day for her. She can play some middle infield, some outfield and has been doing well at catcher."


Article: Softball: Batavia takes slugfest over South Elgin

Mention: Starting pitcher Jaelen Lisberg (2-0) made South Elgin pay with her 2-run single that gave the Bulldogs a 4-1 lead.


Article: Softball: West Aurora keeps rolling, tops Kaneland

Mention: Hannah Theobald led Kaneland with 2 hits. The Knights play Rosary on Saturday.
"Hannah turned it on. She barreled up on two real nice ones today." Zoppa helped herself with a 2-run double after Sarah Hansen had singled.



Ridgewood's Alyssa Malicki puts the ball in play during the Rebels game against St. Ignatius at Illinois-Chicago. Alyssa plays for our 16U-MH #Fastpitch team!


Article: Patience is a virtue for Gianni Iannantone as Andrew slips past Lockport this past Monday.

Mention: Gianni Iannantone really hates first-pitch strikes.

Andrew's junior second baseman showed that Monday when she took one from Lockport pitcher Justine Cielinski with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Immediately, Iannantone did a pirouette and hopped up and down several times.

"I do that a lot," Iannantone said with a laugh. "It was a nice pitch, right there. But you have to take that pitch. Patience is key in that situation."


Article: (Added 4/12) Somonauk 14, Kirkland Hiawatha 2 (5 inn.)
Mention: At Kirkland, Bailee Krantz went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs and Tayler Fall and Jessica Christiansen each went 2-for-4 with three runs and two RBI to pace the Lady Bobcats at the plate in the rout.


Article: (Added 4/12) Somonauk 14, Kirkland Hiawatha 2 (5 inn.)
Mention: At Kirkland, Bailee Krantz went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs and Tayler Fall and Jessica Christiansen each went 2-for-4 with three runs and two RBI to pace the Lady Bobcats at the plate in the rout.


Article:  (Added 4/12) Neuqua Valley rallies to defeat Metea Valley
Mention: With a couple of youngsters smacking home runs, first-year Neuqua Valley softball coach Christina Frontera picked up her first varsity win, 7-5 Monday at Metea Valley.
The visiting Wildcats fell behind 4-2 after Mustangs leadoff hitter Sydney Bajusz belted a grand slam to center field in the second inning. The Mustangs increased the lead 5-2 in the third when catcher Kara Leckinger sent a pitch over the fence in left field.

But Neuqua Valley also hit a pair of home runs on Monday, including sophomore Lauren Notestine's shot to open the sixth inning that broke a 5-5 tie and proved to be the game-winner. The Wildcats (1-2, 1-0 DuPage Valley Conference) added an insurance run later in the sixth and relief pitcher Julia Rainer shut things down from there to pick up the win.

"Tie game, I'm just in there thinking not to get ahead of myself and just to help the team," said Notestine, a third baseman. "I wanted to make sure I hit it. Yep, it felt great."
While the Wildcats infielder delivered the game-winning blow, it was fellow sophomore Zoe Herdman who did the most damage. She gave Neuqua a quick 2-0 lead with a home run to center in the first inning that also scored Danielle Olson, whose 2-hit single was the game's first hit. Herdman's 2-run single to right in the fifth inning gave her 4 RBI on the day and helped the visitors draw even at 5-5.

"I think it was a good team effort on both parts. But we just fought through," said Herdman, who pitched the first three innings before giving way to Rainer, who blanked the Mustangs for the final four innings. "For me, my first home run of the season, it was just an epic feeling."

Bajusz and the Mustangs were the ones feeling pretty good early on. The 2-0 deficit quickly turned to a lead in the bottom of the second. Megan Arcivar and Megan Archey each singled and then with two outs, No. 9 hitter Fran Senese worked the count full before walking to load the bases.

Bajusz, who also had a deep double in the seventh, belted the first pitch she saw in the second inning over the fence for a bases-clearing blast and a 4-2 lead. When Leckinger added a homer in the third, things were looking great for Metea Valley. But Rainer held the hosts to no runs and 4 hits over the final four innings to earn the victory.

"Sydney got all of that pitch on the grand slam and Kara's was hit real well to left field," said Mustangs coach Kris Kalivas, whose squad dropped to 2-4, 0-1. "The disappointing part is when they changed to that second pitcher, our offense went stagnant. We have to be able to adjust and adjust to speed, and to hit and I don't think we did that part."

Frontera felt both teams were sharp in the errorless contest and she was thrilled to come out on top.
"It was great offense and great defense from Metea," she said. "They came out sharp. Both teams had solid 'D' and it was a great game. We're definitely a team of momentum and we pick up every time and that's what they showed today. It was a good battle and a great game to win."


Article: High School Softball: Donwers Grove North, Downers Grove South Among Area Teams Ready For Season
Mention: Katie Polaski (Downers North), Madison Christ (Downers Grove North), and Nicole Bowman (Downers Grove South) named "TOP PLAYERS" by


Article: Elmwood vs. Resurrection
Mention: Summer Hasan was the winning pitcher, and Joanna Cirrincione was 3-for-3 with a double and 4 runs for Resurrection.


Article: AREA ROUNDUP: Somonauk softball rolls past Putnam County
Mention: The Somonauk Lady Bobcats moved to 2-0 on the year after scoring in all but the third inning Tuesday in its 14-4 victory in six innings over Putnam County. SHS was led by Tayler Fall, who went 5-for-5 with three doubles and five RBI – part of an 18-hit attack from the hosts. Winning pitcher Bailee Krantz added four hits and four RBI, while fanning four in four innings. Nicole Krupp struck out four in two innings of relief. Shelby Peritore (five runs, three stolen bases) and Jessica Christiansen each had three hits, including a double and an RBI. Amaya Zimmerman also had two singles.

“We hit the ball really well, played solid defense, and both Krantz and Krupp threw well in the circle,” said SHS coach Scott Siuda. “The girls worked out of a good start by Putnam County, stranding two runners and allowing just one run in the first inning. Then we answered with four runs in our half.”


Article: Somonauk 7-8, ACC 0-3
Mention: At Aurora, the Lady Bobcats moved to 4-0 on the season with a doubleheader Saturday sweep of Aurora Central Catholic.
In the opening 7-0 triumph, Bailee Krantz (0 BB, 13 K) fired a one-hit shutout and was one out away from a perfect game. Tayler Fall went 3-for-4 at the plate with two doubles and three runs batted in to lead Somonauk's offense. Jessica Christiansen, Lauren Kawall (2-for-3), Krantz and Nicole Krupp (2-for-3, triple, two runs scored) all added two hits.
The Lady Bobcats scored four runs in the third inning of Game 2 to propel them to an 8-3 win. Krupp was 2-for-2 with a double, two RBI and two runs to lead the offense. Christiansen (two RBI) and Fall (inside the park) — who drove in four runs — both had a home run.
Fall also went the distance in the circle to record the win. She allowed three runs (two earned) and six hits with zero walks and 10 strikeouts.


Article: Young Oswego East roster ready to prove its talent

With just one senior in the mix and four additional veterans, the Wolves may be inexperienced when it comes to varsity high school play, but the young players boast impressive softball resumes with three sophomores who made Division I commitments in the offseason.

Emma Benson is the lone senior this spring and will share captain responsibilities with junior returner Emily Green. Oswego East also returns Southwest Prairie All-Conference pitcher Emily Schultz as well as sophomores Juvia Davis and Rachel Johnson. Schultz and sophomore classmate Danielle Williams have given verbal commitments to Loyola's 2019 recruiting class while Davis has made her decision to join Indiana University's roster.

"With our roster being as young as it is, we definitely have talent and we're athletic," said Laura Nussle, who enters her fourth year as head coach. "It's just putting the pieces together and see who is going to fall in where. It's nice to have the leadership of Benson – and the returning five. We're excited, and we're versatile. I'm excited to see what happens. We have a lot of opportunity here."

Schultz hit .454 in her freshman season last year and led the team in runs (34) and hits (49) and set a season record with eight triples. She also finished with a 5.22 earned run average over 112-plus innings. Benson will return behind the plate, sharing time at the catcher position with junior newcomer Nicole Schussler.

Nussle will also see innings from junior pitchers Mackenna Mittelstaedt and Caitlyn Webb. Sophomores Lauren Alesia and Sydni Mitchell will step in at either first and third, in addition to Schultz or Mittelstaedt. Green and Davis return to the middle infield with sophomore Riley Kelsch adding depth. Benson will also see time in the outfield with Johnson and Williams, and junior Autumn Sullivan, sophomore Jamie Hass and Webb also playing in the outfield.

"We're really excited about this year," Benson said. "Our goal as a team is to have a positive record, so we're working hard to do that. We're trying to get more wins in conference, and I'm confident we can do that."

Oswego East comes off an 11-19 season, but went 2-12 in the SPC. The conference season opens April 5 at Minooka, with eight non-conference opponents leading up to the SPC opener to prepare the Wolves.



Article: Oswego East ignited in fifth inning over Rosary

Trailing Rosary early, the Oswego East softball team got the spark it needed from sophomore Sydni Mitchell.

The third baseman hit a solo home run over the right field fence to open the bottom half of the fifth inning and tie the score in Tuesday afternoon's non-conference game. Sophomore shortstop Juvia Davis kept the momentum going with an RBI double to put the Wolves ahead, and Oswego East went on to win 5-3 over visiting Rosary.

"We had a couple unearned runs there, but we came back and earned ours," Oswego East coach Laura Nussle said. "It was nice to see Sydni ignite us. That's nice to see from a sophomore that kind of power, and Juvia kept it going. We've got some smart base runners and that benefited us today."

Oswego East sophomore starter Emily Schultz gave up two singles and two walks that led to a 2-0 lead for Rosary in the opening frame, but Schultz struck out the side to leave two runners on base. She gave up a total of three hits and struck out seven in three innings of work, but finished with no decision after junior Mackenna Mittlestaedt relieved Schultz to start the fourth.

The Wolves (2-1) tied the game in the bottom of the first with runs from sophomore Dani Williams and Davis, who singled and scored on teammate Caitlyn Webb's RBI double.

Rosary (2-2) scored a single run in the third, but Mittlestaedt struck out three batters, walked none and faced just 10 batters in the final three innings.

Oswego East's big inning opened with Mitchell's home run and continued with a single from Schultz (3-for-3) and another from Williams (3-for-3) to put two on base for Davis. Schultz came in on Davis' double and Webb (2-for-3) brought home the final run with her two-out single.

"In the dugout we were all trying to stay up, and in that one inning when Sydni let off that home run, it just snowballed and we kept going," Schultz said.

Defensively, Oswego East played an errorless game with junior Emily Green making a nice pickup at second base for an out in the fourth to leave a runner stranded at third, and Williams made a running catch in center field in the sixth.

"Now I know my range with the people around me, so I know what could be mine and what could be theirs," Williams said of the play.


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