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Missed opportunities against Foxes
Seventh-inning rally falls short in non-conference loss

by Christine Bolin Dascher


Oswego softball coach Denise McCance definitely appreciated the comeback attempt her Panthers put on Yorkville.

Trailing 6-1 entering the seventh inning last Saturday, the Panthers put forth a nice comeback attempt but fell short, as the Foxes won, 6-4, in Yorkville in non-conference action.

"I wish we would have done more earlier in the game," McCance said. "We did get a few things going, but throughout the game, there were more opportunities to score. Scoring in the last inning was nice, but it's hard. Yorkville is a good team, and we knew that."

The Panthers (10-11) scored first in the top of the third, when junior catcher McKayla Nila singled with two outs. Her pinch runner, junior Alexa Becker, then reached home when the next batter, leadoff lady and junior left fielder Diamond Owens, hit an RBI triple.

Yorkville, however, responded an inning later after it scored six times in the bottom of the fourth. Four hits were used, including junior catcher Madeline Avery's RBI double and junior second baseman Maura Shannon's two RBI double.

"We did a lot of good things in that inning," Yorkville head coach Kathi Dockstader said. "We executed very well. We had some kids at the bottom of the order who really executed and did their job."

After a scoreless fifth and sixth inning, Oswego attempted a comeback in the top of the seventh. Becker hit a single with one out. She moved to second after Nila's single. The bases were loaded (Becker on third, Nila's pinch runner, Ashley Jourdan on second) when Owens reached base on a Yorkville error. All three ended up scoring on back-to-back RBI singles from senior Abby Etheridge and junior second baseman Brooke Riess and sacrifice fly RBI from junior shortstop Jessica Lofthouse. With two left on base and two outs, the final batter of the inning grounded out to first and ended the game.

Yorkville senior pitcher Rachael Owens earned the win after giving up 11 hits, one walk and one strikeout in all seven innings of work. Nation took the loss after she gave up six hits, four walks and two strikeouts in six innings.

"Julianne did a good job, she kept them in check," McCance said.

Notes: Tuesday's Southwest Prairie Conference home game against Oswego East was postponed to Wednesday, with results unavailable at press time.

Last Thursday, Oswego traveled to Plainfield North and scored a single run in the top of the first inning, but the Tigers posted three runs in the bottom half of the frame and scored in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to end the game early with an 11-1 victory.

Riess hit 2-for-3, but Plainfield North kept the rest of the Oswego bats in check with just five hits in the game.

After two losses, Oswego returned to the win column on Monday with a 13-3 victory at home against Ottawa.

The Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the second and scored a pair of runs in both the third and fourth innings. Ottawa scored twice in the fifth, but the Panthers added three more runs in the bottom half to extend their lead, 8-1.

In the sixth, Oswego scored on an error, a fielder's choice and an RBI single from Owens. Riess closed out the game with a two-run single.

Owens hit 4-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored. Lofthouse hit 2-for-3 and Savanna Brady also recorded a pair of hits.

Nation earned the win, scattering five hits while striking out eight, walking three and allowing two earned runs.

Following Wednesday's rescheduled game against Oswego East, the Panthers will travel to Romeoville today, Thursday, before a non-conference meeting with Rosary on Monday. SPC play resumes next Tuesday at Plainfield East. Oswego is 6-4 in SPC play.

The IHSA also released postseason seeds, with Oswego earning the No. 13 seed in the 19-team Oswego East Sectional. Benet, Downers Grove South, Downers Grove North and Naperville Central received the top four seeds. Benet, Downers Grove South, Neuqua Valley and Geneva are regional hosts. Regional pairings will be released later this week.

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