CRYSTAL LAKE – There are times when an injury changes an entire game. That happened during Monday's Fox Valley Conference Valley Division game between Crystal Lake South and Prairie Ridge when Gators pitcher Hailee Massie took a hard grounder off her left knee and left the game in the third inning.
After the injury, the Wolves began to pile on the runs and won 11-1 in five innings. Prairie Ridge (15-7, 6-3) scored in the first inning off Massie on a RBI single by Maddie Drain and added a second run in the second inning when Emily Doomis knocked in Sarah Rohloff.
After an RBI single by Cait Fater pulled the Gators (12-10, 4-5) within one in the third, Prairie Ridge’s Kate Didier hit a sharp grounder right back at Massie with one out in the bottom of the inning. Massie went down and stayed down for a few minutes before getting up and remaining in the game.
But she wasn’t the same after the injury, giving up three singles, a walk and a sacrifice fly before leaving the game for good. Sam Burgard came in for South but couldn’t hold down the Prairie Ridge attack, which finished the day with 14 hits. South coach Scott Busam said that Massie wasn’t seriously injured.
“I think she’ll be okay,” Busam said. “She just took a hard one-hopper right under her kneecap and it’s more precautionary than anything else. We’ll probably sit her (Tuesday) or maybe DH her but she’ll be okay. She won’t need x-rays or anything.”
Didier, who finished with three hits and three runs scored, said that she was upset over what happened but knew she had made solid contact on a day where the team needed to put runs on the board with an important game on the schedule coming up today.
“I felt really bad but it was a good hit and we needed to score some runs,” Didier said. “It was nice getting the offense going especially going into (today) against Cary-Grove.”
Prairie Ridge finished with four runs in that third inning before adding three more in the fourth and two in the fifth to finish off the victory as Hailey Baker got the win for the Wolves in the circle. Prairie Ridge coach Mike Buck said that, while the big hitting day was important, another part of his team’s game was just as key to the victory.
“It was a good effort and we have been hitting the ball well all year but I was really more pleased with our defense,” Buck said. “I don’t think we made an error and Hailey (Baker) did a nice job and if we keep doing that, we’ll be alright.”