Trinity coach Bob Osborne realizes that his team isn’t going to hit a state record 60 home runs like they did in 2013. Forty-eight of those home runs were lost to graduation along with four-year starting pitcher Chase Machain.
Friday morning against Young, Blazers sophomore pitcher Cortlyn Kelly got her second start of the season and another chance at proving she is well capable of taking over the reins in the circle. With plenty of offensive support, Kelly pitcher her team to an 11-0, five-inning win at the Dome at the Ballpark in Rosemont.
“I realize I was in the shadow of Chase [last season],” Kelly said. “It was good to watch her and see how she pitches. Last year I learned my lesson, didn’t do too well but this year I already have my first two wins.”
Kelly (2-0) went four innings, striking out seven, walking three, while giving up just one hit to Maddie DiVittorio in the second inning. She struck out 10 earlier in the week in a win over Buffalo Grove. She was relieved in the fifth by Brynisha Campbell, who struck out two of the four batters she faced.
Campbell, batting in the nine spot, was 1-for-1, with two walks, a pair of RBIs and two runs scored. Leading the way offensively for the Blazers (2-0) was Anyssa Iliopoulos, who was 2-for-3, including a triple and three RBIs. Michela Williams and Allison Barawksi (3B, 2 RBI) had two hits each.
“I know [Young] brought eight starters back and they are in our sectional so we are excited about this win,” Osborne said. “I didn’t know going in what this was going to be but we just opened it up [in the fifth].”
The Blazers scored six runs in the fifth to build on a 5-0 lead. Zoe Nykaza (1-1) pitched the first four innings for the Dolphins (1-1), giving up five runs on seven hits while striking out one and walking one. She was relieved in the fifth by DiVittorio (3 H, 3 ER, 5 BB) in the fifth.
After a scoreless first, the Blazers scored one in the second on an RBI singe by Barawski, one in the third on an RBI single by Carrie Riley, and three in the fourth highlighted by a two-run single by Iliopoulos.
“The biggest thing was our approach offensively,” Young coach Mike Hinrichs said. “Their No. 1 [pitcher] did a good job of keeping us off balance. They’re a solid team and we’re not going to hang our heads it was just that one inning that got away from us.”