04/15/2014 3:56 PM
If No. 1 Naperville Central is just warming up, it’s going to be a long season for anybody who tries to get in the Redhawks’ way.
The Redhawks played in just their second game of the season Wednesday at Plainfield Central. They didn’t show it, especially on offense where they pounded out 19 hits in an impressive 18-4 win over the Wildcats.
Leading seven players in multiple hits was second baseman Lindsay Gonzalez, who matched her jersey number by going 5-for-5, including a double and four RBI.
Naperville Central coach Andy Nussbaum joked in the post-game huddle that he was going to give her the No. 28 next game and see what happens.
“I don’t think I’ve ever gone 5-for-5 in a game and it’s a good feeling,” Gonzalez said. “We played well together last year and we are so determined to come back firing this year.”
The Redhawks (2-0) took advantage of the young Wildcats pitching staff by scoring in five of the seven innings against sophomore pitcher Vanessa Godina (0-2) and freshman pitcher Brooklyn Daly.
Keegan Hayes knocked Godina out of the game in the third after her three-run home run put the Redhawks up 4-0. Hayes finished 3-for-5 with four RBI. Julie Kestas (1-0) went the distance for the Redhawks, allowing three earned runs, eight hits, while striking out four and walking one.
“We just came ready to play today,” Keegan said. “We were ready to see some live pitching -- the pitching machine gets old after a while. I feel super comfortable with Julie on the mound and I think she feels the same way about me.”
Lisa Tassi also had three hits for the Redhawks while adding two RBI and two runs scored. Maddi Doane, Kaitlyn Skarecky, Megan Nerger, and Courtney Giebel each had two hits for the Redhawks. Nerger added a double, while Skarecky had three RBI.
Gretchen Egly and Tara Cannella had two hits each for the Wildcats (3-6), while teammates Michaela Schlattman, Sammie Sabor and Nina Connell each hit doubles.
“We finally had nice weather and we’ve been looking forward to playing since the middle of June,” Nussbaum said. “We weren’t surprised we were No. 1 and we appreciate the honor. Our goal everyday is to go 1-0 that day. You can’t win the whole season today -- that is what we’ll try to do.” -
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