HAMPSHIRE — With a fierce sustained wind blowing straight out Thursday, the last thing expected in Hampshire and Huntley’s Fox Valley Conference softball matchup was a pitcher’s duel.
For the first few innings, however, that is exactly what took place.
Hampshire starter Jasmine Lopez retired 12 of the first 13 batters and hadn’t allowed a hit in the first four innings. Huntley’s Tiffany Giese retired eight of the first nine Whip-Purs before running into some trouble in the third.
“I was really nervous warming up when I felt the wind, because they are a really good hitting team,” Giese said. “Their leadoff hitter [Delaney Rummell] is really tough to pitch to and I struggled getting her out all game.”
Hampshire would take the lead in the third inning thanks to a two-run home run by Rummell, but Huntley's bats woke up in the fifth inning and the Red Raiders would cruise from there and defeat Hampshire, 11-3.
Huntley (10-4, 6-0 FVC) didn’t get its first hit until Autumn Kasal started the fifth with a leadoff single. On a day when anything hit in the air had a chance to leave the park, freshman Teagan O’Rilley stepped up to the plate looking to help her team.
“I just went up there looking for my pitch and wanted to make solid contact and help the team anyway I could,” O’Rilley said.
O’Rilley made solid contact and picked the perfect time to hit her first varsity home run to tie the game at 2-2. This seemed to be the spark the Red Raiders needed. Huntley would send 10 to the plate in the fifth and score six runs. Rylie Porretto put the game out of reach with a bases-loaded double to make the score 6-2.
Huntley scored 11 runs in the final three innings on 11 hits. Caitlin Brown added a three-run double of her own in the four-run sixth inning. Brown and Porretto led Huntley with four RBIs each.
In the circle, Giese went the distance and allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits and added nine strikeouts.
“[Jasmine] Lopez pitched really well for them early and we had to make adjustments,” Huntley coach Mark Petryniec said. “We started to hit later in the game and got contributions from the entire lineup. Tiffany [Giese] was lights out, which is what we expect.”
Hampshire (8-5, 3-2) was led by Rummell, who finished with three hits and a walk. Peyton De Chant added a home run late for the Whip-Purs.
“Whether it is mental or physical we seem to make a mistake and things kind of free fall from there and that happened to us again today,” Hampshire coach Kelly Wasilewski said.
Huntley, Fr., 3B
O’Rilley hit her first high school home run, which tied the game 2-2 in the fifth inning.
6: Home runs in the last six games for Hampshire sophomore Delaney Rummell.
AND ANOTHER THING...
After going hitless in the first four innings, Huntley finished with 11 hits and had at least one hit from eight of the nine spots inthe lineup.
Huntley 11, Hampshire 3
Huntley 0 00 0 6 4 0 — 11 11 2
Hampshire 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 — 3 5 1
WP-Giese (7IP,5H,3R,2ER,1BB,9K). LP- Lopez (4.1IP,5H,6R,6ER,1BB,3K).
Top Hitters: Huntley-Porretto 2-4 (2B,4RBI), O’Rilley 2-3(HR,2RBI,BB), Brown 1-4 (2B, 4RBI), Giese 2-5 (2R), Zielinski 1-3 (R,SB), Weiss1-3 (BB,R). Hampshire-Rummell 3-3 (HR, RBI,SB,BB), De Chant 2-3 (HR,RBI), Bowen1-3, Malecke 1-3.