Softball IV

By Bob Balgemann


MACHESNEY PARK – The first time Harlem and Freeport met on the softball season this season the Lady Huskies’ offense was in high gear as they posted a 17-4 victory.

They met for a second time May 11 and in this one it was Harlem’s pitching and a couple of timely base hits that produced a 2-0 win and sweep of the season series.

Sophomore Elle Adams added another key W to her list of accomplishments, limiting the Lady Pretzels to five hits while striking out eight in a seven-inning performance.

The key victory left Harlem at 13-1 in the NIC-10, good for first place, and 17-6 overall.

After two scoreless innings the Lady Huskies played some fundamental station-to-station softball to take a 1-0 lead in the third. Caitlyn Bolding led off with a single, was sacrificed to second by Madalynn Fajardo and scored on an RBI single by Bianca Barone.

Harlem added an insurance run in the fourth. Kirstin Fudge singled with one out, moved to third on walks to Olivia Penney and Megen Johnson, and scored on Kayla Kampmeier’s sacrifice fly to center.

Earlier in the week the Lady Huskies rode another strong pitching performance by Adams to blank Jefferson, 13-0. She allowed just two hits while striking out a dozen.

Offensively, Barone (2-for-4) once again did what a leadoff batter is supposed to do and she threw in three RBIs as a bonus. She was on base four times and scored twice.

The first five hitters in Harlem’s lineup all scored in a six-run first inning against the Lady J-Hawks. Penney had a two-run single while Adams, Bolding and Kirstin Fudge contributed RBI singles.

Penney had a two-out single that scored Barone to make it 7-0 in the second.

Three more came home in the third thanks to a single by Johnson and two Jefferson errors. A two-run single by Barone and RBI base hit from Kara Fudge triggered the 10-run Mercy Rule in the fourth.

Kampmeier had a 2-for-3 day and scored three runs, while Penney had three RBIs.

With the regional tournament scheduled to start Monday, Harlem will conclude the regular season Friday with a road trip to Auburn.

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