Sophomore Darice Wheeler just missed hitting for the cycle and also pitched a 1-hitter Friday as Evanston’s softball team celebrated the end of spring break by thumping Lake Forest 11-2.

The Wildkits, now 4-2 overall, bashed out 13 hits in a game that was interrupted by a hailstorm in the third inning. Wheeler went 4-for-4 with a pair of singles, a triple and her second home run of the spring while driving in three runs.

She attempted to stretch a fly ball single in the sixth into a double and was called out on a close play at second base, foiling her bid to hit for the cycle.

Two of Wheeler’s hits — a single and a triple — came as the Kits splurged for 8 runs in the second inning, sending 11 batters to the plate against Lake Forest right-hander Ashley Dueringer. RBI singles by Maddie Managlia, Emma Maxwell and Gina Hopf combined with three Lake Forest errors and Wheeler’s two-run triple to do most of the damage.

Wheeler’s solo home run to right center tacked on another run in the fifth, and the Wildkits added one in the sixth on Managlia’s single and a triple to right by catcher Megan Chambers. Jaden Janzen walked, stole second and scored on an infield out to conclude the ETHS scoring in the seventh.

On the mound, Wheeler surrendered just one hit — an infield single by Sarah Porter with one out in the home half of the fourth — but issued 8 walks while striking out 10. The lefty retired the last 11 batters she faced.

Source: ETHS Sports Information

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