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Softball: Evanston splits double header with Rolling Meadows

The bats were alive for both teams in this doubleheader. Evanston lost the opener 15-9, but came back to win the second game 11-8.

The first game saw Rolling Meadows jumping out to a 9-0 lead before Evanston camb back to tie it up.

It started when freshman Izzy Bergman singled in the sixth to break up the no-hitter against pitcher Sara Brunlieb. With a runner on first and two outs, sophomore Caitlin Boer homered to put two runs on the board for the Kits.

Sophomore Allie Nortz, sophomore Emily Mathyer, and Emma Maxwell followed with singles to score another run. Maddie Reiches then singled to right field to bring in two more runs and bring the Kits within 4, as the Mustangs brought in their second pitcher of the game.

In the top of the seventh, the Mustangs were quiet. The bottom of the inning saw the Kits scoring four more runs to tie the game. The Kits got the winning run to third, but were unable to push the 10th run across the plate and end the game.

Izzy Bergman started the rally once again, Caroline Duke singled, and Caitlin Boer doubled to give the Kits one more run. Allie Nortz then drove in the second run of the inning on a ground out. With two outs, freshman Emma Maxwell doubled off of the left field fence and Maddie Reiches doubled to bring her in.  Reiches stole third, but was unable to score.

The Mustangs scored six in the top of the eighth.

The win belonged to the Kits in the second game. After giving up a run in the top of the first, the Kits came back to score in the bottom.

Izzy Bergman led off with a single, and Caroline Duke singled to drive her in. The Mustangs scored two in the second, and one in the third.

In the bottom of the third, after one out, Caroline Duke hit a solo homerun far over the right field fence to put a second run on the board.

The Mustangs were quiet in the top of the fourth as Cate Rudy made two nice plays at second base. The bottom of the fourth was where the Wildkits broke the game open.

Allie Nortz started the inning with a single, then stole second. Emily Mathyer singled, and Emma Maxwell drove in the first run. After a hit by pitch, Allie Managlia walked to bring in a second run. Izzy Bergman then doubled with the bases loaded to bring in two more runs.

Caroline Duke singled, and Caitlin Boer singled to left field to bring in two more runs.  Allie Nortz then doubled to bring in the sixth run of the inning and give the Kits an 8-4 lead.

In the top of the fifth, the Mustangs reached second and third, but were held scoreless as Cate Rudy fielded a ground ball up the middle to take away the hit and get an out.  Izzy Bergman then caught a line drive at shortstop to end the inning.

The Kits were quiet in the bottom of the fifth, and the Mustangs made it a three run game in the top of the sixth. The Kits gave themselves a little breathing room in the bottom of the sixth.

Caroline Duke doubled to start the inning and Caitlin Boer drove her in. After an out, Allie Nortz singled.  With runners in scoring position, Emma Maxwell brought in two more runs on a hit to left field and Allie Managlia brought in the third.

The Mustangs made it interesting in the seventh. After striking out Sam Anderson, who had been perfect for the day, Managlia faced seven more batters before sealing the victory. The game finally ended as Allie Nortz made a great play to catch a deep fly ball by Josie Suchecki.

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