Orland Park A's: HS Hi-Lites 2013

Friday, April 26




Casey Kodatt (18u NS) appears in the featured photo for the "Southtown Game Face" feature on Sunday, April 14th, 2013.


Homewood-Flossmoor 13, Joliet Central 3
Angela Roberts and Kasey Nemitz (16u JP) had 3 hits apiece, and Morgan Williams had 2 hits, including a homer and 4 RBIs.

Lincoln-Way East 14, Bolingbrook 1 (5)
Mizera (18u SS) was 4-for-4 with 2 home runs and 5 RBIs, and Devon Morgan (16uJP)  was 2-for-2 with an RBI for LWE (6-2, 1-0).

Sandburg 9, Lincoln-Way Central 1
Sarah Herold (CG2H, 6K), Ellie Forkin (18u SS) (3-4, double, home run, 3 RBIs), and Meg Flaherty (3-3, 2 runs, RBI) led Sandburg (5-5).


Lincoln-Way East 4, Lincoln-Way North 0
Jarrell (18u SS), Chrisi Mizera (18u SS) and Carissa Ernat (18u SS) had 2 hits and an RBI each, and Sarah Esposito allowed 4 hits in the win for LWE (5-2). 


Lincoln-Way West 4, Lincoln-Way East 3
Carissa Ernat (18u SS
 (3-for-4, home run2 RBIs) and Marissa Esparza (home run) led East.

Sandburg 6, Stagg 0

St. Peter's University-bound senior Candace Koch had two doubles and three runs, Karli McLaughlin (16u CSD) (2-for3, double, 2 RBI) and Syracuse-bound Ellie Forkin (18u SS) (1-for2, double, 2 RBI) also starred for the Eagles in support of Caroline Kuzel (16u CSD) in a 6-0 Southwest Suburban crossover vicotry over visiting Stagg.

In all, the Eagles reached Stagg starter Ashley Bartkowiak for eight hits. Forkin's sacrifice fly brought home Koch with a run in the third inning, while doubles by Koch, Forkin and McLaughlin keyed a 5 run outburst in the sixth.

Kuzel, meanwhile, got herself in some early trouble by walking the first two batters she faced, but she pitched out of the jam by inducing a pop to the circle, a foul out to Brooke Heimerl (18u NS) at third & a called third strike. Stagg had runners in scoring positiononly in the fourth and sixth, but in both cases, Kuzel struck out the final batter in the inning.  In two outings, Kuzel has two shut outs. "It's been a lot of fun - I love my team" Kuzel said.















Crown Point’s softball team strung together a pair of hits at the right time. The Times No2 Bulldogs, who had been limited to one hit in the first seven innings by Portage’s Kiley Jones, had a pair of doubles in the top of the eighth to plate the go-ahead run and defeat the host No5 Indians 2-1 in a Duneland Athletic Conference game on Thursday. “We had a rough start, but the girls dug deep and came up with some big hits when we needed to,” Crown Point coach Ginger Britton said.                                      

Mandey Shrader (18u SS) led off the eighth with a double down the right field line. After a sacrifice bunt and a lineout to shortShrader was at third with two outsSiena Gyure (18u SS) laced a 1-0 pitch from Jones over the head of Portage left fielder Jenna Alaniz to score Shrader. “I was thinking (Jones) had to come in with a pretty decent pitch,” Gyure said. “It was inside and I just turned on it.” Shrader led the Bulldogs (2-1,2-0 DAC) with two hits and scored both Crown Point runs. “Mandey’s a very aggressive hitter,” Britton said. “She doesn’t like to watch strikes, and I think that helped her today.

Miranda Elish, who replaced Gyure in the circle in the seventh, pitched two scoreless innings of relief to get the win. She retired six of the seven hitters she faced. Portage scored the tying run in the bottom of the fifth with a pair of two-out hits. Alaniz tripled to the fence in right field, and Jalise McKnight scored her with an infield single. "We were scooting it by," Portage assistant coach John Hall said of the tying run. "That’s what you have to do."

Gyure gave up six hits and one run in her six innings of work for Crown Point.

Queen of Peace 6, Regina 2
Ramirez (18u NS)  hit a homer and had 4 RBIs for Queen of Peace (3-2). 


Kylie Powers (16u CSD), Taylor Sterkowitz and Shannon Coyle drove in a combine nine runs in Oak Forest's 12-5 win over Homewood-Flossmoor Wednesday.

Sophomore Kylie Powers (16u CSD), freshman Taylor Sterkowitz and sophomore Shannon Coyle
occupy the three through five slots in the Oak Forest lineup. So far this season, they've been the Bashin' Baby Bengals.

In Tuesday's 12-5 victory over Homewood-Flossmoor, the trio was a combined 8-for-11, with two home runs and nine RBI. It's been a trend for Oak Forest, which improved to 6-0 behind their power hitting and the eight strikeout pitching of senior Emily Larsen (18u SS).
"The thing that I've been very impressed with a lot this year is their ability to execute and string those hits back-to-back," Bengals coach Katy Dammer said. Sterkowitz was responsible for eight of their runs on Tuesday, going 3-for-4 with five RBI and three runs scored. Her two-run bomb to left field off of H-F starter Angela Roberts in the second inning was her second home run of the season. "I'm just trying to make contact with the ball, do whatever I can to help the team score runs," Sterkowitz said. She wasn't alone.

Powers was 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and four runs scored, while Coyle blasted a two-run home run in the bottom of the first to cap off a four-run start for the Bengals. Oak Forest has socked seven home runs in six games. And although all eight hits in their latest win came from the three through five batters... "We've been hitting throughout the lineup," Powers said. "And when somebody makes a mistake, we just have each others' backs."

With a 7-0 lead through two innings, Larsen was pretty much able to cruise. The fireballing left-hander had a couple of rough spots, most notably surrendering a two-run home run to H-F cleanup hitt

Tuesday, July 30


Sandburg 8, Naperville Central 6

Sandburg gave Naperville Central its second loss of the season with a come back 8-6 Victory in Orland Park. Caroline Kuzel (16U CSD) got the Win and Emily Griskell the Save in the come from behind Victory highlighted by a 3-run Home Run by Karli McLaughlin (16U CSD)


Sandburg 10, HF 4

Ellie Forkin (18U SS) had 4 RBI and blasted two Home Runs on Senior Night in Orland Park as Sandburg took care of Homewood Flossmoor 10-4.


Sandburg 9, Lincoln-Way East 7

Karli McLaughlin (16U CSD) hit a Home Run early and Candace Koch hit two Homers with 4 RBI to lead visiting Sandburg over Lincoln Way East in Frankfort. Nikki Jarrell (18U SS) homered for East. Final Score in 8 Innings was 9-7 Sandburg.


Sandburg 7, Lake Park 4
Ellie Forkin (18U SS) had one RBI and Candace Koch added four RBI in Sandburgs 7-4 Victory over visiting Lake Park HS in 9 innings.


Lincoln-Way Central 5, Sandburg 2
Gabbie Boerema went 3-for-4 with a homer for Central. Michelle Kriegshause, Ashley Evans (18u SS) and Naidelyn Medina also homered. Ellie Forkin (18u SS) homered for Sandburg's runs.

Lincoln-Way East 6, Bolingbrook 1 (5 inn./weather)
Chrisi Mizera (18u SS) struck out 7 for East (13-3), and Juell Hodges, Devon Morgan (16u JP) and Nikki Jarrell (18u SS) had 2 hits apiece.



Oak Forest 2, Lemont 1

Emily Larsen (18u SS) struck out 8 while allowing one unearned run and Taylor Sterkowitz drove in both 
runs for Oak Forest in this key 3A conference tilt.



Lincoln-Way East 8, Lockport 5
Carissa Ernat (18u SS) went 4-for-4 with 2 RBIs for East (12-3). Juell Hodges went 3-for-3 with an RBI.



Crown Point 9, Chesterton 0

Mandey Shrader (18u SS) was a catalyst from the No. 2 spot in the order for the CP Builldogs, going 3-for-4 with two runs and a RBI.

Lincoln-Way East 9, Joliet West 0
Carissa Ernat (18u SS)went 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs for East (11-3)

Sandburg 4, Bolingbrook 0
Winning pitcher Sarah Herold threw a 1-hitter, striking out 11 and walking 1, and Ellie Forkin (18u SS) was 2-for-3 with a walk for Sandburg (10-7, 5-2 Southwest Suburban Blue).



Lincoln-Way West 6, Metamora 0
Rachel Luckett (16u CSD) was 4-for-5 with 3 runs and 4 RBIs for LWW.

Evergreen Park 9, Queen of Peace 1
Caroline Roberts and Sophie Lamb (18u NS) both went 3-for-4 with an RBI for Evergreen Park (10-5).


Lincoln-Way East 14, Lincoln-Way Central 8
Jenny Van Geertry was 4-for-5 with 2 RBIs, and Chrisi Mizera (18u SS) struck out 13 for LWE (10-3, 4-1). Michelle Kriegshauser was 3-for-4 with 2 home runs and 4 RBIs in the loss for LWC


Sandburg 8, Homewood-Flossmoor 2
Caroline Kuzel (16u CSD) had 10 strikeouts for Sandburg (5-7), and Sarah Herold went 3-for-5 with a double, homer and 3 RBIs.


Oak Forest 15, Hillcrest 0 (5)
Corrina Boersma (16u FY) struck out 10 and allowed no hits, and Annie Zubek was 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs for OF (11-6, 8-2).

Lincoln-Way East 7, Sandburg 5
Chrisi Mizera (18u SS) had 8 strikeouts and added a homer and 3 RBIs at the plate for East (9-3

Lockport 6, Lincoln-Way Central 5
Sara Hillebold (18u SS) went 3-for-4 and drove in the winning run for Lockport (12-4).


Lincoln-Way East 10, Homewood-Flossmoor 0
Chrisi Mizera (18u SS) hit (home run, 2 RBIs) and threw (6 IP, 15 K) for LWE (8-3, 3-1).


Softball Player of the Week: Chrisi Mizera (18u SS), of Lincoln-Way East