Softball: Lake Zurich blanks Zion-BentonLake Zurich's Maddie Minneci (right) steals second base as Zion shortstop Janie Torola waits for a throw during their softball game at Zion. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 9, 2012 9:51PM
A wonderful two months of play put Zion-Benton’s softball team in position to win the North Suburban Lake title.
But two days of zero hitting ended the dream, as the Zee-Bees followed up Tuesday’s 8-0 loss to league-champ Warren with a 3-0 clunker against Lake Zurich on Wednesday.
Zion is now 19-6 overall and finished third at 9-3 in the division.
“A little improvement from last night,” said Zion coach Rick Rymer, whose team had four hits against Lake Zurich after a three-hit effort on Tuesday.
“But, we have to find a way to get more hits.”
Two of Zion’s hits Wednesday came with two out in the first, and the next hitter grounded out.
The other hits came with one out in the fourth, but a pop fly and an infield grounder ended the threat.
Zion pitcher Nika May took the loss when Lake Zurich manufactured runs in the first, second and seventh frames.
Lake Zurich pitcher Shannon McPeek benefitted from flawless defense.
“We got people on, we moved them over and got some timely hitting,” Lake Zurich coach Michaela Towne said. “Defensively, we know we have to make the plays behind Shannon and we did a good job of that today.”