Softball wraps up season

Brenna Rieches ('16) comes in to score


Brenna Rieches (’16) comes in to score

Connor Walsh, Co Sports Editor

     The girls softball team has been in contention for a NIC-10 conference championship the entire year, and currently sits in a tie for third place with Freeport.  The team has a conference record of 11-5, and trails Harlem and Belvidere.

     The team has played all of the top teams in the conference tough, splitting the season series with both Harlem and Freeport.  The first game the team played against Harlem was a 2-1 loss on April 11.  Their second game was a walk off victory against Harlem on May 2, and it has been the only conference loss for the Huskies.  

     The team has also played close contests against Freeport, who they are trying to get an edge over.  The Thunder lost their first game against the Pretzels at home 5-2.  When the team made the trip to Freeport, they won a close game 6-3.

     “This year’s team hasn’t been as strong as year’s past, but we’ve still had a very successful year,” said Coach Brian Hilden.

     The team took on another top team on May 16, playing their crosstown rivals Belvidere, who were also a game ahead of the Thunder in second place.  The team dropped a game that went into extra innings, falling 1-0.  

A pitchers duel throughout, there wasn’t a run scored until the bottom of the ninth inning for a walk off Belvidere win.  

     “When we play Belvidere, everyone wants to win,” said Bailey Niber (‘17) “We played a good game throughout, but we came up just short in the end.”
     The team is looking to wrap up the conference season this week, playing East and Auburn for their final two games, while they are gearing up for regionals.  Regional play starts on May 25, and the team plays Hononegah in round one.  The team won a Regional title last season, and is looking to bring home another.