She’s a sophomore and she can hit. Through the weekend’s games, West Aurora’s Cara Jimenez was giving the Blackhawks a big boost, hitting .491 (28-for-57) with nine doubles, two triples, three home runs and 22 RBI. Taylor Podschweit, who missed a few games after fouling a ball off an ankle against Rosary, still leads the team with a .500 average (18-for-36).
It was sweep city for Newark. Senior Megan Malone went 3-for-4 in each game and drove in seven runs as the Norsemen (8-5, 8-2) swept Hiawatha 15-0 and 12-2 in Saturday’s Little Ten doubleheader, with Shelby Hoddy firing a five-inning no-hitter in the opener. Hoddy struck out nine, walked one.
Perna sets the table. Metea Valley is struggling at 3-12, but Alise Perna is getting the job done at the top of the order for Mustangs coach Kris Kalivas. Perna is hitting .473 (26-for-55) with a .540 on-base percentage. She has seven doubles and two home runs.