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Lady Chiefs three-peat as ISCC Softball Champs
Lady Chiefs sweep Elgin, earn third straight conference crown
Waubonsee Community College captured the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference (ISCC) softball title for the third year in a row. The Lady Chiefs clinched the title by sweeping their final ISCC doubleheader on Friday, April 26, against Elgin Community College, winning both games by 9-1 scores. The Lady Chiefs finished with an 11-1 record in conference play, one game ahead of Prairie State College. Waubonsee has compiled a 35-3 record in league play the last three seasons and captured the ISCC softball crown four times in the last seven seasons.
In the opener against the visiting Spartans, Waubonsee (21-15) gradually built a 4-1 lead after four innings. The Lady Chiefs scored twice in the third and once in the fourth, leaving the bases loaded both innings. Waubonsee finally broke through in the fifth by scoring five times to put into effect the ‘eight-run after five’ slaughter rule, and secure at least a share of the conference title. A pinch-hit, two-run single by Danielle Blake sparked the Lady Chiefs’ offensive outburst. Brooke Nelson limited the Spartans to five hits over five innings to earn her ninth win of the season. LaDesha Nelson went 3 for 3 with three runs scored and two driven in to pace Waubonsee’s attack. Devin Turner finished 3 for 4 with a double and three runs batted in, while Brooke Nelson, Lauren Anderson and Christine Lynam each smacked doubles in the victory.
In game two Waubonsee’s Alyssa Reimers and Elgin’s Tarah Rayos were locked in a pitchers' duel through six innings. Elgin scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the fourth before Lynam tied the game with a prodigious home run to left center leading off the fifth. The game remained tied at one heading into the top of the seventh as Waubonsee managed just three hits up until that point. The Lady Chiefs then seized the conference trophy outright by erupting for eight runs on seven hits in the seventh to take game two going away.
Casey Basic led off the frame with a home run just inside the left field foul pole to awaken Waubonsee’s bats and faithful fans on hand. Elgin then elected to intentionally walk Lynam with no outs and no one on base, and Brooke Nelson followed with a sharp single to center. After a sacrifice bunt and a walk to load the bases, Anderson broke the game open with a two-run double to right center. Four pitches later Reimers doubled to left center to score two more runs and suddenly give Waubonsee a comfortable 6-1 lead.
After a pop out to the catcher for the second out of the inning, Turner then singled home Reimers on the first pitch she saw and Basic ripped a line shot single to center on the very next pitch. The Spartans then chose to load the bases by walking Lynam intentionally for the second time in the inning. Brooke Nelson then added to the delight of the Waubonsee supporters by drilling the first pitch she saw into center field to plate two more runs for a 9-1 Waubonsee lead.
Reimers then set down the Spartans in order in the seventh striking out the last two batters to officially begin the celebration for Waubonsee. For the game the right-handed sophomore hurler yielded six hits and one unearned run, striking out six and walking none while picking up her ninth win of the season. Brooke Nelson finished the game 3 for 4 with two runs knocked in and Basic went 2 for 3 with two scored and one driven in.