Softball: Glenbard South advances to Class 3A state final
Updated: June 8, 2012 8:27PM
EAST PEORIA — Glenbard South certainly had the “Been there done that” mantra of a team that has gotten to the Class 3A state semifinals before. The Raiders had been the state semifinals three of the last four seasons.
Problem? They’ve yet to win a semifinal game.
That’s until Friday afternoon against Mattoon when the Raiders started hitting and never stopped during a six-inning 11-1 win at EastSide Centre. They’ll meet Marengo in the state final on Saturday at noon. The Raiders beat the defending Class 3A state champions 10-3 on April 27.
“We haven’t won a first game each time I’ve been down here,” said senior Danielle Chitkowki, who was 2-for-4 with two RBI and gave up one run pitching before her sister, junior Stephanie Chitkowksi, took over in the third.
“She is my sister, I trust her and I knew she could do it.”
Danielle didn’t seem the least bit bothered. In the bottom of the third she hit her seventh home run of the season, a leadoff shot to left center to ignite a three-run burst that built the Raiders (36-4) lead to 4-1 over the Green Wave (35-4).
The Raiders added two in the fourth and ended the game in the sixth with five runs. Hannah Davey, Olivia Ramirez (3 RBI), and Hannah Taylor each had two hits for the Raiders. Jane Trzaska (3 RBI) reached base every time up, walking twice, reaching on a fielder’s choice and hitting her second home run of the season in the fourth.
“They came out swinging,” said Glenbard South coach Julie Fonda after her team belted 13 hits against Mattoon starter Kacey Starwalt. “This group was poised, and they understand what is expected.
“Not a lot of kids can say this is their third trip down.”
Kaitlyn Bath accounted for the only Green Wave run by hitting her ninth home run of the season in the second to tie the game 1-1. She finished 2-for-3 on the day.