Hurricanes, Tidal Waves in Hunt for State Title
Radke, John, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: John Radke Daily Herald Correspondent
ROCKFORD - The Barrington Hurricanes may have taken a more conventional route than the Crystal Lake Tidal Waves to stay alive in the American Fastpitch Association's state tournament here Saturday, but both area teams are still in the hunt for the state title nonetheless.
The Hurricanes pounded out 18 hits in a 17-0 thrashing of the Tidal Waves' Gold team, then used a stellar effort from Fremd's Courtney Walker to dispose of the Oak Park Windmills 1-0 in Saturday's action at the Sportscore. With the two wins, the Hurricanes remained undefeated in the tournament, joining the Aurora Stars, the Joliet Whiteford Sharks and the Grand Slam team from Lisle as the four unbeatens.
The 'Canes face Lisle at 8 a.m. today while the Aurora Stars take on the Sharks at the same time.
The Tidal Waves Blue squad, meanwhile, suffered its first loss of the tournament, falling to the Ken-Rock Heartbreakers 3-1 in the first game of the day. The Waves, though, came back to win three in a row, downing the Roscoe Raiders 2-1, the Springfield Harddrivers 14-6 and the Windmills 9-1 to keep their hopes alive for a berth in the AFA nationals July 29-Aug. 3 in Shawnee, Kan.
The Hurricanes already have secured a bid to nationals based on past performance but a top two finish today will send the 'Canes to Shawnee with their entry fee paid.
The Streamwood Stars bowed out of the tournament, losing to the Sidekicks 5-1 and the Tidal Waves Gold 2-1 to finish 0-5. Streamwood's losing streak reached eight with the two setbacks Saturday.
In their win over the Tidal Waves Gold, the Hurricanes got 3 RBI each from Tatum Allen (4 hits) and Christine Pedersen while Bridget Cooper added a double, a triple and 3 RBI.
Pedersen was the winning pitcher, throwing a 1-hitter in the five-inning game.
The 'Canes win over the Windmills came in much more dramatic fashion. After Courtney Murdock reached first, then second, on a throwing error in the bottom of the seventh, and the Windmills walked Allen intentionally, Murdock scooted to third on Julia Wilhelm's fielder's-choice grounder then scored the winning run on a single up the middle by Christine Lindberg.
"Lindberg is such a clutch performer," said Hurricanes coach Perry Peterson. "There's not a better kid to have at the plate in that situation. …