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.