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Oswego defeats Kaneland, takes Minooka to final frame in 6-5 SPC loss

by Kristin Sharp

4/17/2014

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

The Oswego softball team lost its first four games of the season, but found its way into the win column on April 9 with a 3-0 victory over Kaneland.

"We've been so close and we knew it was coming. It was about putting seven innings together," Oswego head coach Denise McCance said. "We've been really solid for five or six innings and we have one inning where we have trouble or we just can't finish the game."

After two scoreless innings, Oswego posted single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings and senior Stephanie Prentice kept the Knights off the bases by striking out 11 batters and scattering three hits in the complete game effort.

"She pitched really well for us, but she was going against a lot of her (travel) teammates, and that's her coach. She was excited and very focused to beat her teammates and coach," McCance said. "She pitched really well and if she can keep pitching like that, we should do well in conference. She was focused and only gave up three hits."

Junior Savanna Brady went 3-for-3 at the plate with a fifth-inning triple while senior Brooke Riess hit an RBI double and Brady scored the final run on a Kaneland error. Senior Abby Etheridge also hit 2-for-3 in the win.

Oswego traveled to Minooka last Thursday to play the Class 4A defending state champions and rallied with four runs in the top of the sixth to take a 5-3 lead over the Indians.

Minooka scored one run in the bottom of the sixth and added two more in the seventh for the 6-5 win over Oswego.

"We just had a terrible inning. We had two errors and a wild pitch," McCance said. "It was too bad because we played such a great game up to that point. We're just really, really close. It's hard for a team that's not used to winning to understanding the focus of playing seven innings. I think they're not believing that they're winning. They're looking up at the score against Minooka and they're not used to that."

Riess hit 2-for-4 with two RBIs while Brady hit 2-for-4 while junior Diamond Owens hit 2-for-3 with an RBI. Juniors Alexa Becker and Kirsty Tracy had RBIs for the Panthers as well.

Playing in its third consecutive game, Oswego traveled to Benet last Friday and lost a 7-2 game to the Redwings despite holding a 2-0 lead through the middle of the fifth. Benet scored two runs in the bottom half of the frame to tie the game, and scored five in the sixth to rally for the win.

Brady hit 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Owens hit 2-for-3.

"That's a top team in the state and it's good to play good teams," McCance said. "Taylor (Foy) pitched a good game. Again, it was one inning where we gave it away. Julianne (Nation) came in for the final inning and did a good job too."

Oswego has played six of its first seven games on the road, but was slated to host Plainfield North on Wednesday after Tuesday's game was postponed by inclement weather. Results were unavailable at press time.

Oswego will travel to Oswego East today, Thursday, for a 4:15 p.m. game before entering the two-day Fox Valley Tournament at the Stuart Sports Complex.

The Panthers will face Batavia on Friday at 12:30 p.m. before meeting Rosary on Saturday at 11 a.m. Crossover play will begin on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

"We're working on some really specific things in practice, but it's hard not to be outside - again - but it's hard with the weather. Everyone has the same disadvantage, but I wish we could have gotten outside (Monday and Tuesday)," McCance said. "For these two conference games, we're focused on that, but we're also looking forward to that tournament. There are teams we can definitely play with and we're excited to put together three games and go 3-0."





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