The Wildkits, led by coach Kristen Proffitt, hit the ball very hard but were scoreless in the first inning of their game against the Lake Forest Scouts earlier this month.  In the bottom of the first, the Scouts’ leadoff hitter walked to give them a runner on with no outs.  With two strikes, the Kits had a “strike ‘em out, throw ‘em out” play when Jenna Ehrensaft struck out the batter (swinging) and catcher Caroline Duke threw the runner out stealing at second.  This set the defensive tone for the Wildkits for the rest of the day.

The game remained scoreless for the next two innings.  But in the top of the fourth, Caroline Duke doubled down the third base line to start the inning.  Jessica Moore walked before a double steal brought them to second and third.  Ehrensaft singled up the middle to bring in Moore.  With one out, Jelly Corcino hit a line drive to center field to score Duke and give the Wildkits a 2-0 lead.  In the bottom of the seventh, the Scouts were able to put runners on first and third before a pop-up to Cat McCarron at first and a ground ball to Megan Lindeman at second ended the game. 

In the end, winning pitcher Jenna Ehrensaft (4-4) had eight strikeouts. Jelly Corcino was 2 for 3 and scored the game-winning RBI; Kelsey Coley was 3 for 4 with two doubles and a triple and Caroline Duke was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI.

Just over a week later, the Wildkits softball team gained their first conference victory of the season, as they defeated the Waukegan Bulldogs 6-3 on April 19. 

The team had two homeruns over the fence and a very powerful offense to back up Jenna Ehrensaft’s pitching.  The game was scoreless until the top of the third inning, when Cat McCarron started the inning with a single.  Kelsey Coley then bunted for a single, and the Wildkits had first and second.  Yardena Grumet-Morris sacrifice-bunted the runners to second and third for Caroline Duke, who hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score McCarron for the first run of the game.  Jessica Moore then hit a towering homerun way over the left field fence to give the Wildkits a 3-0 lead.

The Wildkits were scoreless in the top of the sixth, but the Bulldogs scored two in the bottom of the inning.  Steph Rodriguez started the inning with a double, and Marianna Flores reached on a walk.  The two stole third and second, and scored on a wild pitch.  The Wildkits answered those two runs in the top of the seventh.  Yardena Grumet-Morris took a trick pitch (the pitcher let go of the ball before going through her windmill) back up the middle for a single to start the inning. Caroline Duke then hit a shot line drive homerun that left the park in a split second over the left field fence.  This was her fourth RBI of the day and put her just a single short of the cycle.  The Wildkits led 6-2. In the bottom of the seventh, The Wildkits recorded two outs before Meredith Carpenter reached on a walk and scored on a double by Steph Rodriguez.  The game ended on a ground ball to Cat McCarron at first base.   

Jelly Corcino, Yardena Grumet-Morris and Kelsey Coley did a nice job executing and putting down sacrifice bunts when the team needed to move runners up.

Winning pitcher Jenna Ehrensaft (5-4) had three strikeouts in this game. Freshman Caroline Duke was 3 for 3, scored a double, triple, and homerun, had four RBI and stole one base. Senior Jessica Moore scored a homerun and had 2 RBI. Kelsey Coley was 2 for 4 and scored a triple and 2 RS.

Boys Varsity Tennis

The Evanston Township High School boys varsity tennis team, coached by Lawrence Ware, finished in first place at the 2010 Brother Rice Elite Eight Tennis Tournament on April 17. Senior Joe Collins finished first at #1 Singles. Seniors Mike Rosenson and Ben Wood were runners up at #1 Doubles. Also seniors Mike Woolf and Matt Mishkin with Noah Gaynor were top-six finishers at singles and doubles respectively. In their April 12 match the team won against Niles North 6-1. They won again on April 14, beating out Whitney Young 4-1.

 

Wildkit Girls Softball

The Wildkits, led by coach Kristen Proffitt, hit the ball very hard but were scoreless in the first inning of their game against the Lake Forest Scouts earlier this month.  In the bottom of the first, the Scouts’ leadoff hitter walked to give them a runner on with no outs.  With two strikes, the Kits had a “strike ‘em out, throw ‘em out” play when Jenna Ehrensaft struck out the batter (swinging) and catcher Caroline Duke threw the runner out stealing at second.  This set the defensive tone for the Wildkits for the rest of the day.

The game remained scoreless for the next two innings.  But in the top of the fourth, Caroline Duke doubled down the third base line to start the inning.  Jessica Moore walked before a double steal brought them to second and third.  Ehrensaft singled up the middle to bring in Moore.  With one out, Jelly Corcino hit a line drive to center field to score Duke and give the Wildkits a 2-0 lead.  In the bottom of the seventh, the Scouts were able to put runners on first and third before a pop-up to Cat McCarron at first and a ground ball to Megan Lindeman at second ended the game. 

In the end, winning pitcher Jenna Ehrensaft (4-4) had eight strikeouts. Jelly Corcino was 2 for 3 and scored the game-winning RBI; Kelsey Coley was 3 for 4 with two doubles and a triple and Caroline Duke was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI.

Just over a week later, the Wildkits softball team gained their first conference victory of the season, as they defeated the Waukegan Bulldogs 6-3 on April 19. 

The team had two homeruns over the fence and a very powerful offense to back up Jenna Ehrensaft’s pitching.  The game was scoreless until the top of the third inning, when Cat McCarron started the inning with a single.  Kelsey Coley then bunted for a single, and the Wildkits had first and second.  Yardena Grumet-Morris sacrifice-bunted the runners to second and third for Caroline Duke, who hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score McCarron for the first run of the game.  Jessica Moore then hit a towering homerun way over the left field fence to give the Wildkits a 3-0 lead.

The Wildkits were scoreless in the top of the sixth, but the Bulldogs scored two in the bottom of the inning.  Steph Rodriguez started the inning with a double, and Marianna Flores reached on a walk.  The two stole third and second, and scored on a wild pitch.  The Wildkits answered those two runs in the top of the seventh.  Yardena Grumet-Morris took a trick pitch (the pitcher let go of the ball before going through her windmill) back up the middle for a single to start the inning. Caroline Duke then hit a shot line drive homerun that left the park in a split second over the left field fence.  This was her fourth RBI of the day and put her just a single short of the cycle.  The Wildkits led 6-2. In the bottom of the seventh, The Wildkits recorded two outs before Meredith Carpenter reached on a walk and scored on a double by Steph Rodriguez.  The game ended on a ground ball to Cat McCarron at first base.   

Jelly Corcino, Yardena Grumet-Morris and Kelsey Coley did a nice job executing and putting down sacrifice bunts when the team needed to move runners up.

Winning pitcher Jenna Ehrensaft (5-4) had three strikeouts in this game. Freshman Caroline Duke was 3 for 3, scored a double, triple, and homerun, had four RBI and stole one base. Senior Jessica Moore scored a homerun and had 2 RBI. Kelsey Coley was 2 for 4 and scored a triple and 2 RS.

Boys Varsity Tennis

The Evanston Township High School boys varsity tennis team, coached by Lawrence Ware, finished in first place at the 2010 Brother Rice Elite Eight Tennis Tournament on April 17. Senior Joe Collins finished first at #1 Singles. Seniors Mike Rosenson and Ben Wood were runners up at #1 Doubles. Also seniors Mike Woolf and Matt Mishkin with Noah Gaynor were top-six finishers at singles and doubles respectively. In their April 12 match the team won against Niles North 6-1. They won again on April 14, beating out Whitney Young 4-1.