Win or lose, Alden-Hebron’s senior-less softball lineup can hit the ball.
The No. 2 seeded Giants defeated Westminster, 9-4, on Tuesday in the first round of the Class 1A Westminster Regional in East Dundee.
“This one was really nerve racking,” Giants’ coach Lagerhausen said. “We’re basically a frosh/soph team. At times it shows.”
Lagerhausen said his young lineup, which committed three errors, sometimes makes things tense.
“We can hit the ball and that’s the difference,” Lagerhausen said. “You can get away with a few errors if you score runs.”
A-H didn’t disappoint at the plate. Madi Brown had four hits, scored twice and drove in two runs and Emily Cunningham doubled, scored three runs and drove in a run. Also for the Giants, Emily Webber scored two runs and had three stolen bases and an RBI.
Kasandra Clauss picked up her 11th win of the season giving up three earned runs and striking out four in the complete game win.
A-H will play No. 1 seed Hiawatha on Saturday in the regional final. It’s a repeat of last year’s regional final that the Hawks won in the 11th inning. The Giants are 1-1 against Hiawatha this year, losing 4-2 and winning 14-4.
DeKalb 1, Hampshire 0: At Hampshire, a goal from DeKalb's Morgan Beaty midway through the second half proved to be the difference as the Barbs advanced to the Burlington Central Regional Championship with a win over Hampshire.
In the 60th minute of the match, Kayley Garland drew a foul right inside the Hampshire half. Kate Hickey lined up the free kick and put the ball in the penalty area. The ball hit off of Hannah Hickey and the bounced right into Beaty’s path. Beaty toe poked the ball around the goalie to score the match's only goal.
Huntley 10, Dundee-Crown 2: At Carpentersville, Matt Sullivan hit two doubles and scored three runs for the Red Raiders (22-7-1, 14-4 FVC Valley) to clinch a share of the FVC Valley Division title.
Fabian Gutierrez went 2 of 3 and scored for the Chargers.
McHenry 10, Crystal Lake South 9 (8 inn.): At McHenry, the Warriors scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the score and a run in the eighth to win an FVC Valley Division game. Mike Borst doubled and homered for McHenry.
Paul Wille doubled and tripled for the Gators.
CL Central 5, Grayslake North 4: At Crystal Lake, Matt Decoste went 4 of 4 with a double and two RBIs for the Tigers in an FVC Fox Division win. Also for Central (8-21, 5-14 FVC Fox), Luke Francis had three hits and drove in a run.
Johnsburg 7, Woodstock 4: At Johnsburg, Eric Schwagerman doubled and scored for the Skyhawks in an FVC Fox Division win.
Austin Butts and Jordan Sumner both doubled for the Blue Streaks.
Genoa-Kingston 5, Harvard 2: At Genoa, Tyler Perkins doubled and drove in a run for the Hornets in a Big Northern Conference East Division win.
Grayslake Central 14, Woodstock North 4: At Woodstock, Jacob Goldberg homered and drove in two runs for the Thunder in an FVC Fox Division loss.
Christian Liberty 7, Alden-Hebron 5: At Hinckley, James LeJeune drove in two runs for the Giants which lost in the opening round of the Class 1A Hinckley-Big Rock Regional.
CL Central 6, Woodstock North 0: At Woodstock, Maddie Helm and Savanah Frank both homered for the Tigers (15-11, 8-4 FVC Fox) in an FVC Fox Division win.
Paige Schnulle doubled for the Thunder (5-21, 2-10).
Huntley 10, Vernon Hills 5: At Vernon Hills, Robert Koson scored three goals for the Red Raiders in the win.
•Rob Smith contributed to this report.