Libertyville's Jessie Lauret tries to make the tag on the sliding Megan Scott. | Joe Cyganowski/For Sun-Times Media
This was host Warren’s last stand in the North Suburban Conference Lake Division, but Libertyville put the Blue Devils in their place, which was third in the seven-team league. This result left Warren (19-9 overall) 8-4 in the division, including 0-4 against powerhouses Lake Zurich and Libertyville. The Wildcats (22-8, 8-3 with one game left) are chasing Lake Zurich (9-2 in the division) and regardless of what happens on Tuesday, it’s Lake Zurich that will play at Wauconda on Thursday in the NSC Championship Game.
THE TURNING POINT
With one out in the top of the fourth, Libertyville’s Jamie Stevens reached base when a fly ball to right was carried by a stiff wind toward the foul line and dropped. Winning pitcher Haley Alban then made Warren pay with a two-run home run to right-center that would be all the Wildcats needed.
Warren had runners on first and third with two outs in the sixth and appeared to be in business when a line drive left the bat of Amber Leneau, but Stevens made a great leaping grab at third to end the inning. Stevens made another nice play on a tough chopper in the bottom of the seventh as Alban retired the side in order.
BY THE NUMBERS
For Libertyville, Zion-Benton transfer and speedy lefty slap hitter Jessica Lauret was 3-for-4, and Taylor Oberman was 1-for-3 plus a walk. For Warren, Sabrina Trevino was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored, Leneau was 2-for-3, Jazmin Bonke was 1-for-3 with an RBI, and Michelle Vasen had a double. Blue Devil pitcher Jana Wagner allowed five hits.
“Warren hit the ball hard, but we did a great job defensively of stepping up and making the big play. That’s what the rally stoppers are. Our third baseman (Stevens) showed some ups in taking that line drive away. We were solid in the infield, and Haley made some really big pitches for us. We executed everything we needed to defensively. That’s what allowed us to stay ahead.” — Libertyville coach Elissa Wisniewski
“I thought Jana pitched a really nice game, but when we don’t give her any run support, there’s unfortunately no margin for error. Aside from that one hiccup against Lake Zurich, we’ve had solid pitching all season. We have to start putting the ball in play and take advantage of our speed. The execution has to get better.” — Warren coach Bryan McNulty
“I always mentally prepare myself a little more for Warren, because I know they’re a strong offensive team. I think I was ready for this game. The defense was really good. The outfield was really on top of things today, and that was a great play at third base (in the sixth inning).” — Alban