Astros continue to soar in softball
Whether it was accomplished by seasoned seniors or newcomer underclassmen, the Shepard girls’ softball team continued its winning ways last week and improved its season record to 15-6.
The Lady Astros went 4-1: defeating Argo on two separate days, Mt. Assisi and Oak Lawn — with their only setback coming against Andrew.
“It was a nice week for us,” Shepard head coach Kelsey Clifford said. “We were able to get some more conference wins in there. Obviously, because of the weather, we’re still in conference play.”
On May 5, Shepard started the week with a 9-6 victory over Argo, racking up 11 hits in the process and taking advantage of eight stranded Argo base runners. The Astros went up for good in the fifth, scoring five runs on three singles.
Kaitlyn Blanton, a sophomore and recent addition to the varsity team, reached base three times in the game, driving in a run and scoring a run. She singled in the fourth and seventh innings.
Stephanie Brand got the win, despite allowing six runs over seven innings. She struck out five, walked one, and surrendered 12 hits. She also went 2-for-4 with three RBI.
On May 6, Shepard defeated Mt. Assisi 8-7, as Bryanna Cross’ three-run homer keyed the visitors. Jenna Huisenga and Alyssa DeChene tacked on solo shots for the Astros. Melissa Kelly (4-4) took the win on the mound.