Softball: Taylor Weissenhofer hurls Lockport to victory
Updated: April 11, 2012 8:30PM
Tuesday was not a good day for either No. 15 Lincoln-Way East or No. 16 Lockport. The Griffins lost to town rival Lincoln-Way North, while the Porters fell to Naperville Central.
Both were considered upsets, but not surprising in a season when so-called average teams are consistently beating the ranked teams across the state.
Wednesday when the two squared off in Frankfort, something had to give. And it definitely wasn’t Porters pitcher Taylor Weissenhofer, who didn’t give up much during her team’s 8-1 win over the Griffins (9-4, 0-1) in a SouthWest Suburban Blue contest.
“It was out first conference game and we really had to come out and perform well, and we did,” said Weissenhofer, who struck out 13 and allowed five hits. “It’s good to get those strikeouts in a conference game.”
Weissenhofer struck out a season-high 16 during a game earlier in the year, and got plenty of support from her offense and defense. The Porters (11-4, 1-0) played errorless ball while pounding out nine hits.
Kelly Pattison and Bri Carney had two hits each. Pattison, who had been slumping, had two doubles and a run scored.
“My dad told me last night to just relax,” Pattison said. “It worked.”
The Porters led 4-1 heading into the final inning when they scored four runs on four consecutive hits by Pattison, Carney, Alyssa Visvardis, and Brittany Bickelman. Visvardis (RBI) entered the game in the third when Melissa Stoch was hit by a pitch and had to leave the game.
Alexis Huss added a double for the Griffins, while Brianna Morell scored the only run on a double steal in the fourth to close within 2-1. Carly Dundee doubled for the Porters.
“We are real pleased with how our kids played today,” Lockport coach Marissa Chovanec said. “You could come out one or two ways after losing two in a row. You can hang your head or look ahead.
“I felt after the (scoreless) first inning we made our adjustments at the plate.”