1. Can’t win ’em all. Larkin has struggled for wins, but the Royals were nothing short of boisterous throughout a one-sided loss to rival Elgin. A former Royal herself, Larkin coach Anne Vogt has been impressed with her girls’ approach in the face of adversity. “The energy the team had was awesome and it’s typically like this,” Vogt said. “As far as the attitude of our players, I can’t possibly ask for anything more.”
2. Get a grip. No pitcher likes to work in the cold and rain, but Westminster Christian’s Rachel Fugiel had no choice on a miserable day of cold and rainy weather, pitching her team to a 13-2 win against Northeastern Athletic rival Christian Liberty. “It’s definitely motivation to do good so you can get out of the inning,” Fugiel joked.
3. On an even keel. Since being called up to varsity three weeks ago, South Elgin sophomore pitcher Karli Dobler hasn’t flinched from the competition. Relieving staff ace Paige Allen in Saturday’s third inning, Dobler improved to 3-3 in a 5-3 win over Metea Valley. “She’s not arrogant at all but since I called her up it’s been like ‘I’ve been waiting for you to do this,’” Storm coach Stephanie Katzenberger said of Dobler. “She has not looked nervous once.”