Harlem’s Maddie Fajerdo (19) takes a cut at a pitch during the Huskies’ double header against Jacobs, splitting the series.

By Bob Balgemann
The 2017 spring weather continues to be inconsistent, but Harlem’s varsity softball team is beginning to get in sync as it plays more games.
That’s especially true of the offense, which ran roughshod over Crystal Lake South and Rochelle in recent games. The Lady Huskies routed South, 11-2 and 13-5, breaking open a 5-5 game in the second of two, and then ran away from Rochelle, 11-1.
Earlier, Harlem split a doubleheader with Algonquin Jacobs, losing 6-3, then coming back for an 8-2 vic-tory.
The Lady Huskies power-packed lineup includes returning regulars Elle Adams, Bianca Barone, Kirstin Fudge, Megen Johnson, Mackenzie Lawrence and Olivia Penney. All are juniors except Penney, who started in 2016 as a freshman.
Others on the roster include seniors Cailei Aldrich, Paige Laman, Alyssa Mckiski and Destiney Schaefer; juniors Caitlyn Bolding, Madalynn Fajardo and Alison Kardell; and freshman Hailey Howard.
The junior varsity and sophomore squads also have been playing well. The JVs swept two from Jacobs, 10-0 and 15-4, while the sophs also took it to Jacobs, 15-4 and 15-0.
Here are the results from Harlem’s trip to downstate O’Fallon, where they played four baseball games in two days.
The Huskies (2-6-1) encountered rough sledding as they dropped their opener to Belleville East, 2-1, in eight innings.
Tournament host O’Fallon remained unbeaten with an 11-1 victory. Gage Stine had Harlem’s only RBI; Jordan Anderson and David Starr had one hit each.
Stine had the only hit in a 14-0 lead to Chaminade.
In boys tennis, Harlem finished fourth at the Rock Island Tournament, then won the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles matches in a close 3-2 loss to Rockford Guilford.
Harlem’s varsity soccer team was edged, 2-0, by Cary-Grove in a non-conference match. Then the girls bounced back by shutting out Rockford East, 6-0. The JVs also registered a shutout, 2-0 over the Lady E-Rabs.