Softball shuts out Joliet Catholic

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The varsity girls softball team had a big win over Joliet Catholic on April 5.

Mark Rodeghero, Sports Media class

The Minooka softball team steamrolled JCA at home 15-0. The Indians put on a clinic against the Angels during the home game on April 5.

“It’s awesome,” head coach Mark Brown said. “JCA is a local rival of ours, so it’s always good to get that win. But the offense, you can’t plan on 4 home runs. We had a really good offensive practice yesterday and we showed up ready to go today.”

The game started with a bang as Anna McClimon hit a home run in Minooka’s first at-bat of the game. There was a home run from Chloe Kohnhorst and Riley Hickey in the same inning. Minooka went through the entire batting order and scored 5 runs in the 1st inning alone.

The Indians caused the Angels to go 3 up 3 down in the top of the 2nd. Then, they went through the entire batting order again in the bottom of the 2nd. They got 5 hits and a walk and scored 4 runs. 

The 3rd inning was quiet, and no runs were scored. But in the top of the 4th, there was a stolen home run from  Mackenzie Mazzocchi in center field.

The bottom of the 4th started with a bang with an absolute bomb of a home run from Megan Medlin. That jump-started some momentum from the team and lead to them winning.

Minooka went on to score 6 runs in the inning and end the game with the mercy rule. The game ended with a walk-off single from Mazzocchi. The final score was 15-0.

The player of the game was McClimon. She had the first home run of the game, a single and a double, and 3 RBIs. She went 3 for 4 on the game. 

“That’s what we call T.C.B., taking care of business,” McClimon said. “We already played them on Friday, so we knew what they were like. It was really fun to get out there, and everyone was hitting a good game.”

There was also great pitching for Minooka from Peyton Lowden. She got 5 strikeouts and allowed no runs. She also got a single, double, and RBI batting. 

“It feels good because that’s what I practice for,” Lowden said. “Knowing that my team is there to back me up, I was able to do the work.”

The Indians continued to T.C.B. the next day against Marist, winning 11-10. They now look forward to their game against Downers Grove South on the April 9.

“That’s our formula,” Brown said. “Pitchers are going to keep us in games, play good defense behind them, and push some runs across. When you got pitching, good defense, and you’re scoring runs, it’s a tough formula to beat. So that’s the recipe we strive for.”