Chargers Give Vrba Her First Win over C-G; Wave Dump IC

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Byline: Laurie Fraser Daily Herald Correspondent

Dundee-Crown coach Tracey Vrba coached her way to her first victory over her alma mater and Fox Valley Conference foe Cary- Grove Wednesday.

The Chargers scored 6 unanswered runs to win the game 6-0 in Cary.

"This was a big one," said Vrba. "Since I've been coaching, we haven't beat Cary-Grove, McHenry, or Woodstock. I'm glad we got one of them. "

It took until the third inning for D-C to get some momentum. It started when Erin Griffin legged out a dribbler down the third-base line for a base hit. Brandi Shelton (3-for-4) added a single, and Kim Ostrowski loaded the bases. Katelynn Rynders then lined out to the right fielder, but Griffin tagged on the play for the opening run. Shelton then scored on Ashley Bonitzer's hit.

After Kelsey Klinger (5-10) struck out the side in the top of the fourth, Cary-Grove (5-11, 1-4) set its plate in the bottom of the inning, getting singles, from Mindy Niemet and Kellie Mersche. Callie Nelson then reached on a error when her fly ball was lost in the sun.

But with the bases loaded and nobody out, Ostrowski (9-3) pitched her way out of the jam.

Meredith Wilde gave the Chargers a needed cushion in the sixth. Rynders led off with a base hit, followed by Bonitzer's line drive at the pitcher, which turned into a single. Erin Weir loaded the bases with a walk. Vrba put in Wilde to pinch hit, and it turned into the right move. Wilde smashed a double to the right-center field gap, clearing the bases.

"We had some clutch hits," said Vrba. "There are some girls on this team with big bats. Christine Pinedo did it for us on Tuesday. It was Meredith's turn today. They know what needs to be done. They are just as important as our starters."

The Chargers (9-5, 3-2) scored again in the top of the seventh. Shelton reached on a single, was moved to second on an error, and stole third on a passed ball. Rynders picked up another RBI with a single, knocking home Shelton.

The Trojans started the seventh on the right foot. Andrea Breen opened with a single down the right field line. Becky O'Brien also had a base hit, but nobody scored.

"We didn't have the hits when we needed them," said Cary-Grove coach Tammy Olson. "We had bases loaded and nobody out, and just couldn't score. (D-C) played their game well. They did what they needed to do and we didn't."

Softball

St. Edward 6, Immaculate Conception 2: The Green Wave (5-9, 2-1) played an errorless game while allowing just 5 hits and 2 runs to earn this Suburban Catholic Conference victory. Jackie Sayre (3-5) pitched 4 solid innings while earning the victory for St. Edward. The Wave were led offensively by Lissa Fehlman (3-for-4), who recorded 2 doubles and 3 RBI. Jessica Hart also recorded a triple and an RBI for St. Edward.

Belvidere 11, Huntley 6: The Redskins (2-10) were unable to bounce back after Belvidere scored 6 runs in the second inning in the loss. Tara Beaty led Huntley offensively with a triple. Losing pitcher Megan Harvey (2-6) pitched a complete game the Redskins.

Lake Zurich 1, CL Central 0: The Tigers were unable to give starting pitcher Katie McNamara any offensive support, chalking up just one hit in this Fox Valley Conference loss. McNamara (6 innings, 2 hits, 1 earned run) held Lake Zurich at bay until the bottom of the sixth when the Bears chalked up 2 hits and a run. Kayce Danna supplied Central (10-3, 2-3) with its only hit in the top of the seventh to break up Megan Hinck's no-hit bid.

Prairie Ridge 6, Jacobs 1: With the game knotted at 1 the Wolves scored 4 runs in the bottom of the second en route to this FVC victory. Prairie Ridge (6-4, 3-1) was led offensively by Jodi DiMaggio with a double and 2 RBI, while teammates Danielle Waltman and Tiesha Stortzum each had a double and an RBI. Erin Harvey (4-1) pitched 5 innings for the Wolves to gain the win. …