JOHNSBURG – Monday’s Fox Valley Conference Fox Division softball matchup between Woodstock and Johnsburg turned into a pitchers' duel, and it didn't take much to change the complexion of the game.
Woodstock's Rachel Lohmeyer and the Skyhawks’ Kendall Huemann struck out a combined 23 hitters, but it was one pitch Huemann would love to have back that propelled Woodstock to victory. Hannah Marsili hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning off Huemann to break the game open and lead Woodstock to a 5-0 victory.
Woodstock (4-15, 2-4) scored in the first inning off Huemann on a single up the middle by Olivia Croner to drive in Samantha Baker. The Blue Streaks tacked on the three runs in the fourth on a one-out walk by Jessie Karafa and a single by Baker to bring up Marsili, who took Huemann’s offering over the fence in left-center field.
Marsili had a simple response when asked if she was looking for a certain pitch on the home run.
“No ... I was just looking to hit,” Marsili said.
Woodstock added another run in the sixth on a sacrifice that scored Amy Fischbach. Lohmeyer did the rest, striking out seven of the first eight Johnsburg batters of the game and finishing with 13 strikeouts while giving up five hits.
Johnsburg (3-14, 2-5) had chances to get back in the game but left six runners in scoring position over the final four innings.
Woodstock interim coach Jenn Koeser said it was nice to get a victory during a difficult season.
“It’s huge,” Koeser said. “Wins have been few and far between this year, so we are going to ride whatever momentum we can get.”
Marsili echoed a lot of Koeser's sentiments.
“Oh my gosh, it’s so nice,” Marsili said. “It’s been a long season so far.”
Huemann finished with 10 strikeouts and had two of Johnsburg’s five hits. She said the pitch Marsili hit for the home run was one she put in the wrong place.
“That was a rough one. It was a good hit, though,” Huemann said. “I just left that one hanging in the zone too long.”
Johnsburg started four freshmen, and coach Wally Warner wasn’t pleased with how his young team played.
“If you don’t come to play and don’t focus, [you don’t win], and it showed today,” Warner said. “This is a team we beat before, and we were playing really well."