Softball: Warren bats carry team to victory over StevensonLincolnshire-4/30/12, Mon./Stevenson High School
#14 Lauren Boyle, of Steveson at second tries to make the play vs. Warren.
| Joe Shuman~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 30, 2012 9:07PM
Warren pounded out 15 hits in six at-bats, including two inside-the-park homers to defeat host Stevenson 11-3 on Monday in a North Suburban Lake.
The Devils are now 21-4-1 overall and 7-1 in the division, battling Zion-Benton and Lake Zurich for the championship.
Megan Sowa and Sam Belletini (4-for-4) hit the homers, as Stevenson’s outfield fence is more than 50 deeper than most fields.
“I’m just happy I don’t have to worry about going home to my dad,” she said laughing. “Every game, he asks, ‘Did you swing the bat hard?’ I can’t run. I’m slow. I was going to be content with a triple, but the deep outfield helped me out.”
Eight of Warren’s nine hitters reached base safely in the game, (pitcher Jessica Demski was 0-for-2), and Demski did her work in the circle, fanning five in seven workmanlike innings. She gave up one earned run on six hits.
“Pretty close to everyone hit today, which is nice to see,” Warren coach Carri McGahon said. “Some people try to make hitting more of an individual thing, but I think we’ve succeeded in making it more of a team effort.
“We do a good job of manufacturing runs when we need to manufacture runs. Right now, a lot of them are hitting the ball right on the money. It’s a nice payoff for all the hard work they’ve put in this season.”
For this week, Warren could change its nickname from Devils to Road Warriors as they have six straight games against from home starting with Mundelein on Tuesday afternoon.
Sowa finished the game with two hits, as did teammates Jill Fox, Amy Ricci and Anna Belch.
On the other side, Stevenson (7-17) got an inside-the-park home run from Cailin Rubenstein. Warren led 4-0 after an inning, 7-3 after three and added three in the fifth and one in the sixth.