It took nine innings for McHenry to defeat Wauconda, 4-3, in the opening game of a softball doubleheader Saturday, but the Warriors came back with an 11-1, five-inning rout in the second game.
Trailing, 3-0, heading into the bottom of the seventh, McHenry scored three runs to send the game to extra innings. Alex Martens, the Warriors’ freshman leadoff hitter, had the game tying hit in the seventh and the game-winning hit in the ninth.
Warriors coach John DiFrancesca said it’s tough depending on freshmen, but Martens makes it easy.
”[Martens’] just cool calm and collected,” DiFrancesca said. “For a freshman, she’s mature beyond her years.”
Kristin Koepke got a complete-game win for McHenry and struck out 10. She faced only seven batters in the last two innings.
In the second game, the Warriors plated seven runs in the fifth to get the slaughter-rule victory. DiFrancesca said his team started to hit better in the fifth and sixth innings and then everything came together in the seventh.
Woodstock North 8, Badger (Wis.) 1: At Woodstock, Rebecca Einspahr did not give up an earned run and Brian Romine drove in three runs for the Thunder in a nonconference win.
Huntley 11-12, Hononegah 7-2: At Huntley, Jessica Shields was 5 of 8 on the day with three RBIs for the Red Raiders (5-0) in a nonconference doubleheader sweep.
Grayslake North 23-12, Richmond-Burton 12-6: At Richmond, Taylor Mel homered and drove in three runs in the second game for the Rockets (1-2) in a nonconference doubleheader loss.
Freeport tournament: Megan Semro drove in three runs and Shae Karsten had an RBI and a double to help Marengo defeat LaSalle Peru, 1-0, and Millidgeville, 6-4.
Cary-Grove 1, Grant 0 (8 inn.): At Cary, Lindsay Efflandt struck out 14 in an eight-inning shutout for the Trojans. Also for C-G, Sarah Leudo had the lone RBI.
Freeport tournament: At Freeport, Marengo went 1-2 on the day, defeating Freeport, 12-1, and University High, 5-3, but falling to Metamora, 8-2.
Veronica Ruelius drove in five runs on three hits with two runs scored over three games for the Indians (6-5), with Abby Kissack and Stephanie Cartwright recording at least one hit in each game.
Leyden Invitational: At Franklin Park, Jacobs defeated Leyden, 15-3, in five innings, but fell to Glenbrook North, 6-5, in six innings.
Alyssa Lach went 6 for 8, with a home run and a double for the Golden Eagles (4-3).
Huntley 1, Maine South 0: At Huntley, Alyssa Kaufman scored on an assist from Abby Noreen for the Red Raiders (6-1-1) in a nonconference win.
Woodstock 2, Belvidere 1: At Belvidere, Anna Lopatin scored two second-half goals for the Blue Streaks in a nonconference win.
Richmond-Burton 6, Marengo 0: At Marengo, Amanda Hoglund and Halley Havlicek each scored two goals for the Rockets (3-0) in a BNC win.
Holmes Invitational at Kaneland: At Maple Park, Kayla Lawrence placed fifth in the 200 meters (27.71) and Natalie Himmel was fifth in the 800 (2:28.51) for Dundee-Crown, which finished 10th with 15 points.
Jennifer Kearns Invitational: At Huntley, Macy Tramblay won the triple jump B (32-8½) and the 300 meter hurdles B in 51.35 to lead Huntley to a second-place finish behind Harlem.
Jennifer Dumoulin won the shot put A (35-5) and discus B (92-9) for Hampshire, which finished fourth.
Marengo’s Katie Adams swept the distance events winning the 3200 A (11:47.7) and the 1600 A (5:28.8).
McHenry was fifth, Crystal Lake South took seventh, Marengo was eighth and Richmond-Burton placed ninth.
Buffalo Grove Invitational: Cary-Grove’s Faith Furio went 17-63/4 in the long jump to break a 35-year-old school record and help the Trojans to first place at the eight-team meet.
C-G finished with 168 points, well ahead of second-place Neuqua Valley with 112.
Furio’s jump beat the former school record set by Lori Evesque, 17-3 set in 1978. Sophomore springer Morgan Schulz won the 100 (11.8) and 200 (25.1) and the Trojans also won the 4x200 and 4x400 relays.
Olivia Roehri (shot put, discus) and Joslyn Nicholson (long and triple jumps) both took a pair of seconds. Freshman Nikki Freeman won the discus.
Don Gooden Invite: At Mendota, Harvard was led by two fourth-place finishes.
Sammy Genz took fourth in the 100 hurdles in 20.36, and Morgan Logan, Jordan Peterson, Jessica Hernandez and Javaneeka Jacobs teamed to take fourth in the 4x800 relay in 11:22.14.
Marian Central 7, Guerin 0: At River Grove, Robin Wenzel and Rebecca Turksi each scored two goals for the Hurricanes (1-1, 1-1) in their SCC crossover win.
Maine East Quadrangular: At Park Ridge, McHenry lost to Maine East, 6-1, and, 7-0 to both Conant and Zion-Benton. Shannon Murray had the lone win against Maine East at No. 2 singles.