Softball roundup

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Lady Spartans practicing aggressive behavior

  Oak Lawn coach Brian Frangella knows his team doesn’t boast a great deal of power in its batting order, so an aggressive style of play will be necessary for the Lady Spartans to have any real chance at prosperity.
  Oak Lawn demonstrated just how much that method means to it last Monday, when it battered Bremen 11-2 in a South Suburban Conference crossover contest. The win was the Lady Spartans’ first of 2014, and although it was followed up by a 10-4 loss to TF South, Frangella still thinks his club is headed in the right direction.
  “What we saw against Bremen is what we want to do as a team, offensively and defensively,” he said. “Offensively, we were very aggressive on the bases [and had five steals]. I think good things happen when you put the pressure on the defense.
  “That’s one thing we talked about: We’re not going to hit a lot of home runs, so we have to be very aggressive on the bases and put pressure on the defense. That aggressiveness came together in the Bremen game.”

Trinity sports report

  • Written by Tim Cronin

Will Trolls pitchers come through?

  Now comes the heavy lifting for Trinity Christian College’s baseball team.
  Last Friday’s Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader against the University of St. Francis started a string of 14 games in as many days for the Trolls, which is guaranteed to put a strain on any pitching staff — and any coach.
  Trinity boss Jason Huisman will know soon enough the depth of his staff. Today’s doubleheader with Ashford University will, weather permitting, be the Trolls’ eighth and ninth games in a seven-day span and bring his rotation full circle.

Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Cyclones tennis team rolls again

  Early in the 2014 season, Moraine Valley College’s men’s tennis team appears to be in midseason form.
  Any adjustments the Cyclones had to make under new coach Ben Thompson have evidently been made, seeing as how they have now recorded two straight whitewashes. The latest overmatched Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference foe was Elgin College, which was on the business end of a 9-0 thrashing last Tuesday.
  Five of Moraine’s six singles winners were also part of a triumphant doubles team. The lone exception was Shepard grad Bryan Jimenez, who paired with Christian Lagunas to provide the Cyclones with one of their doubles victories.

Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

To hear Shepard girls’ track coach Verline Gaddis tell it, her athletes enjoy the feeling of success.

  To be sure, the Lady Astros experienced plenty of that at Saturday’s 15-team Stagg Invitational, where they took first place in their initial appearance in the Palos Heights meet.
  Behind senior captain Courtney Dalton, who won the 300-meter low hurdles race and anchored three first-place relay units, Shepard scored 109 points.
  That allowed the Lady Astros to easily outdistance runner-up Rockton Hononegah (88 points). Joliet West (66½), Romeoville (46) and Reavis (45) rounded out the top five.
  “I saw hard work from the girls at Stagg and they wanted it,” Gaddis said. “They like success. We have a good combination of seniors and underclassmen — 10 seniors and a lot of sophomores and juniors — and I was very proud of their performance Saturday.”

SXU sports summary

Nonnemachner named Athlete of the Month for March

  For Nicole Nonnemacher, March went out like a lion.
  St. Xavier University’s sophomore softball pitcher capped a memorable month of award receiving by being named as the school’s Athlete of the Month last week. Previously, Nonnemacher had been chosen as the NAIA National Pitcher of the Week and Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week, both honors coming right after she had dominated in the circle during her appearances on the Cougars’ season-opening Florida trip.
  Nonnemacher’s work down south included three no-hitters. For the month as a whole, she went 6-1 to spur a 14-2 start for SXU, one of its best in program history. Nonnemacher was also credited with a pair of saves.