Softball: Plainfield Central captures first sectional crown
Updated: June 2, 2012 6:25PM
Dominique Roa’s third-inning at-bat proved to be the difference in Plainfield Central’s 3-1 win over Naperville North on Saturday in the Class 4A East Aurora Sectional final.
The sectional championship is the first in the history of the Plainfield Central program.
Plainfield Central (27-8) will play Moline at 5 p.m. Monday in the Northern Illinois Supersectional in DeKalb.
Roa doubled over the head of Huskies center fielder Caitlyn Warren to give the Wildcats a 2-1 lead in the third. Plainfield Central had tied the game on Cailey Baker’s RBI single.
“In my head I was just thinking I just need to hit the ball somewhere in the hole so I can score (Kaleigh Nagle) from second base,” Roa said. “I just used my hips to turn on the ball and it went all the way to the fence.”
The Wildcats added a run in the fourth on a single by Morgan Vogt, who went 2-for-3. Her double to lead off the third started the two-run rally.
On the mound, Vogt (12-2) was no slouch, either. She went seven innings, surrendering one earned run on seven hits. She fanned three and walked four.
“I have a curveball so I try to throw that and I keep the ball moving as much as possible because I know that if I get it away from the plate, they won’t bomb it,” Vogt said.
Naperville North (24-13) scored its only run in the first on Tara Degl’Innocenti’s RBI single. She also hit into an unusual 5-2-3-2 double play with the bases loaded in the fifth.
Kathleen Hahne (18-10) pitched six innings for the Huskies, allowing three runs on nine hits. She struck out three and did not walk anyone.
Wildcats coach Anne Campbell marveled at the team’s historic accomplishment of winning the school’s first softball sectional title.
“As far as what it means, to me it just means that these girls have just persevered,” she said. “And we’ve had some ups and downs this year and they believed in themselves the whole time.”