CRYSTAL LAKE – For the first time this spring, Jacobs and Marian Central finally had an opportunity to play on a softball diamond.
Granted, the conditions for Friday's doubleheader at Lippold Park weren't ideal with temperatures in the 30s and a brisk wind. The situation didn't seem to faze a veteran Golden Eagles team.
Jacobs' bats were alive from the first inning of Game 1 in the doubleheader, scoring five runs and sending nine batters to the plate. It fueled the Golden Eagles to a 12-1 win in Game 1 and followed that with another victory in Game 2, 17-2.
The Golden Eagles (2-0) took advantage of the Hurricanes (0-2), who featured a plethora of freshmen and only two returning starters in center field and right field, respectively. Led by senior Alyssa Lach, who went a combined 3 for 6 with two inside-the-park home runs, four RBIs and five runs, Jacobs amassed 18 hits, 13 walks and 29 runs.
"I'm happy how our team played, everyone hit the ball hard," Lach said. "It's a great way to start the season. We can build off of that. Both teams were playing in this (weather), so you just have to deal with it and make sure you have a good grip on the ball when you throw."
The Hurricanes' defense didn't help starting pitchers Jenny Giesey (0-1) and Maddie Peters (0-1). A dropped fly ball, which would have ended the first inning in Game 2, led to six unearned runs, which Marian couldn't overcome. Ultimately, the young Hurricanes' mental miscues proved costly as they finished the doubleheader with seven total errors. Jackie Chimiel went a combined 3 for 4 with an RBI and walk to lead Marian.
"I was happy that we came out hitting," Marian coach Erin Widmayer said. "I wasn't happy with the mental mistakes. ... I'm looking toward the future. We're building."
After building a 6-1 lead through two innings in Game 1, Jacobs started Game 2 hitting just as well. The Golden Eagles again jumped to an early lead through two innings, this time going ahead 11-1.
Kelsey Peters (1-0) picked up the win for Jacobs in Game 1 after allowing one run in four innings, and Emily Borg (1-0) earned the win in the second game by surrendering one run in four innings. Eight different Golden Eagles recorded an RBI including Katie Borchert, who drove in three runs with a bases-clearing double in third inning of Game 2.
"The hitting was good, good at-bats especially in the beginning of the season you want to see pitches and get comfortable with live pitching at this stage of the game," Jacobs coach Jeremy Bauer said. "All in all, I thought we hit the ball well and defended really well."