HC Girls' Softball falls to Leyden in home opener

Big inning dooms Red Devils

Hinsdale falls to Leyden despite spectacular fielding display by senior Heydenberk

By: Mike Ellis

HINSDALE—A five-run sixth inning propelled Leyden past Hinsdale Central Girls’ Softball, 10-4, in its home opener yesterday afternoon.

            The Red Devils started strong, but an inning that combined timely Eagles hitting and shaky Hinsdale fielding ultimately proved to be the difference, much to the dismay of head coach Lee Maciejewski.

            “I think we’ll get better and better as the season goes on, [but] I’m hoping we don’t have to endure many more of these before we start getting better,” Maciejewski said. “It’s tough, because I thought we were done with innings like that. It happens, and we just have to learn from that and get better.”

            Sophomore pitcher Annemarie Tracey escaped a first-inning jam after surrendering just one run, and sophomore catcher Faith Koffron knotted the game at 1-1 with an RBI single in the bottom half of the inning.

            After falling behind 2-1 in the second, sophomore right fielder Emma Day delivered a two-out double to tie the game, before senior first baseman Mary Somerfield knocked in two more Red Devils with a double of her own, giving Hinsdale a 4-2 lead.

            Leyden rallied to level the score in the fourth, but Red Devil senior center fielder Alexa Heydenberk’s dazzling defense helped to keep the game tied until the sixth.

            “I thought our center fielder played like a West Suburban all-star,” Maciejewski said. “She made incredible plays, and has been hitting the ball [well].”

            With runners on first and second, Eagles senior Michelle Sansone came through with a clutch two-out single to put her team back in front, 5-4. Senior Jen Hall followed with a two-RBI double of her own, extending the lead to 7-4. Leyden proceeded to tack on two more runs in the inning after a slew of Red Devil errors.

            “Our seniors played very well today,” Maciejewski said. “Our young ones got some valuable experience, and they have to continue to improve; but I like their athleticism, and we’ll go as far as the young ones can take us.”

            The Red Devils will visit DeKalb High School tomorrow afternoon before returning home for a doubleheader against Glenbard East on Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m.

Score by Inning

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

Final

Leyden

1

1

0

2

0

5

1

10

Hinsdale Central

1

0

3

0

0

0

0

4

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