Waukegan had won five straight coming in, but hadn’t faced a hurler the quality of Glenbrook South’s Katie Rossman during that streak. The Titan pitched a four-hitter with eight strikeouts and one walk, outdueling Hannah Thompson in the Central Suburban South opener for both teams.
THE TURNING POINT
In the bottom of the seventh, Benita Bones reached on an error and Aracelli Cruz forced her at second with an infield grounder. Coraima Garza then cued one into shallow right field, and for the briefest of moments, it looked like the Bulldogs had something going. But the base umpire ruled Cruz had been forced out on a throw to second for the inning’s second out, and Mary Vukovich grounded out to second to end the game.
Glenbrook’s battery of Rossman and catcher Jordan Davis was dynamic. Rossman had two hits to go with her pitching. Davis had a homer, single and scored twice.
BY THE NUMBERS
Defensively, it was a mixed bag for Waukegan, which got a pair of nice catches in center from Garza, a runner thrown out at second by catcher Ashley Lambert and a hustle play by second baseman Chanel Pugh, who had a line drive go off her glove but stayed with it to get the batter at first. The Bulldogs (5-4) also committed errors on three of the six batters in the second inning to give the Titans (7-7) their first run of the game. The temperature at game time was 42 degrees.
“I was happy with the effort. I would have liked to have seen a little more offense, but it’s cold. The conditions aren’t ideal by any means. We had a good pitching effort and played solid defensively.” — Glenbrook coach Kay Sopocy
“She [Rossman] had a lot more movement than the pitchers we had seen the last couple of games.” — Waukegan captain Melissa Anderson
“Those errors in the second really hurt us. That’s not the kind of start you want to get off to in your first conference game. Hannah pitched very well, but we looked a little tight that inning, and that set the tone. I don’t know if this is the type of team that’s built to come back yet. We did it once against Grayslake Central, but you don’t want to make a habit of it either way.” — Waukegan coach Windell Piercy