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SouthtownStar’s three things to know

04/30/2014, 6:15pm CDT
By Tony Baranek |

Tony Baranek breaks down three pieces of news and notes from this week’s Southland softball action.

1. Bremen is not to be trifled with. Tinley Park learned the hard way Monday in a 5-4 loss and Oak Forest had to rally from behind Tuesday to pull out a 7-6 decision. The Braves (9-8) have been led by Emily Gerhardt (.543, 18 RBI) and Erin Schaffrath (.558, 14 RBI), and as a team went into the week with a robust .430 average.

2. Mount Assisi powers up. The Eagles certainly aren’t going quietly in their final season (the school is closing in June). Sabrina Miller, in particular, is on a hitting tear. The senior shortstop followed a 4-for-5, five-RBI effort Thursday against Queen of Peace with a Saturday at the park in which she hit a grand slam, a three-run home run and a two-run blast in games against Larkin and Elgin.

3. Astros are soaring. Behind coach Kelsey Clifford, Shepard softball has turned the corner. The Astros, 23-9 a year ago, improved to 12-5 Tuesday when Alyssa DeChene’s ninth-inning double propelled them past Reavis 8-7. Five players are hitting .500 or better, with Breanna Graffeo (.583) leading the way. The top power source is Jalyn Stepney (six HR, 33 RBI), while Stephanie Brand is 6-1 in the circle.

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