After a 3-2 loss to Oak Park-River Forest in the Class 4A River Forest sectional final Saturday, and after the team huddled up in left field, Trinity players hugged each other and shed some tears.
The game at Triton College not only ended the season, but was the final home game for Trinity. It was not an easy departure.
“We put up a fight,” first baseman Allison Borowski said. “I’m going to be playing in college, but this is home, this is where you learn to play. It’s hard to let it go.”
To get as far as the Blazers did required a large effort, particularly from seniors Borowski and Alyssa Marfoe. They captained a team that lost a number of high-profile seniors from last year, including first baseman Ashley Klaus and shortstop Abby Ramirez, the 2013 Gatorade softball player of the year.
Borowski hit four home runs and made several slick defensive plays at first this postseason, while Marfoe batted .520 this season in the leadoff spot. As a catcher, Marfoe was a force.
“She’s just phenomenal defensively,” coach Bob Osborne said. “You see they didn’t even try to steal on her. No one does. Her times down to second base are ridiculous, and she controls the pitchers really well and catches the game really well.”
In the middle of the season, Osborne challenged Marfoe and Borowski to become more vocal, and they responded. They pushed the team to play better and brought enthusiasm to the squad.
“She really gets the energy on the bench going,” Marfoe said of Borowski. “She comes in the dugout and starts banging on stuff, telling everyone to get off the bench and start yelling everything.”
Everything came together this postseason. Ranked No. 4 in its sectional bracket, Trinity beat Maine East 10-0 in the first round and topped Whitney Young 11-1 in the regional final. The Blazers saved their best game for a 6-1 sectional semifinal victory over No. 1 York on June 3. Marfoe hit two singles and Borowski belted a home run.
Coming so close to advancing further made the loss to OPRF that much tougher. Borowski will play college softball at St. Mary’s in Minnesota, but the sectional final was the last game of Marfoe’s career.
Marfoe said she’ll remember her teammates and Trinity’s big wins the most from her high school softball experience, and Borowski will recall how tough the team was.
“We always worked hard, we didn’t stop fighting, we kept pushing until the very end,” Borowski said.