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Oak Lawn and Richards among five area regional softball champs

  • Written by Jeff Vorva

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Photo by Jeff Vorva

Allyson Terrell and her Richards teammates won their fourth regional title in six years after beating Shepard at Hinsdale South.

 

For the third time in history, Oak Lawn and Richards softball teams won regional championships the same season.

On Saturday sixth-seeded Oak Lawn knocked out third-seeded Mother McAuley, 2-1 to capture the Morton Class 4A Sectional on the same day that fifth-seeded Richards upended fourth-seeded Shepard, 8-3, to win the Hinsdale South Class 4A Regional crown.

Both Oak Lawn schools also won regional softball crowns the same year in 2005 and 2007. This year, the two teams also have identical 21-11 marks.

Oak Lawn won its sixth regional crown overall and third since 2005 by nipping the Mighty Macs as pitcher Mia Loy helped hold McAuley’s offense down.

The Mighty Macs beat Washington, 16-2 in the semifinals on May 24. Amy Balich’s three-run homer was the big blow for McAuley.

Oak Lawn ended Stagg’s season in the semifinals with a 4-1 victory as Marisa Loy fired the win and whiffed nine Stagg batters.

Richards won its 13th regional title and fourth in the last six years thanks in part to Becky Wujcik’s three-RBI performance.

Shepard beat host Hinsdale South, 5-0 in the semifinals on May 24 with Heather O’Kelly collecting four hits.

Richards knocked out Riverside-Brookfield, 3-0, in the semis with Sara Kiziak firing the shutout.

At Lyons: Eighth-seeded Lyons Township provided one of the biggest upsets of the postseason, knocking off top-seeded and defending Class 4A champion Marist, 5-1, Saturday.

The RedHawks opened the postseason with a 19-0 victory over Eisenhower on May 24 as Cassie Lindmark drove in four runs.

At Reavis: Sandburg won its 26th regional title and eighth in a row with a 19-3 win over Reavis on Saturday in Class 4A action. Brittany Beveridge drove in four runs in the game.

The Eagles, who finished second in the state in Class 4A in 2014, opened the postseason with a 15-1 victory over Kennedy in the semifinals on May 24.

At Evergreen Park: In Class 3A action Evergreen Park won its 16th regional title and fourth in the past six years with a 7-0 victory over Chicago Jones on Saturday as Maddie Vojacek fired the shutout win.

The Mustangs beat Morgan Park, 16-0, on May 24 to advance to the title game.

At Chicago Christian: The hosts won their sixth straight title but first in Class 3A with a 6-2 victory over the Chicago Agriculture Science School. Brooke Veldman drove in three runs.

The Knights opened the postseason with a 19-3 victor over Instituto Health Science Charter on May 24.