First row:  Cate Rudy, Emma Maxwell, Allie Nortz, Izzy Bergman, Jessica Garcia; Second row:  Emily Mathyer, Allie Managlia, Coach Kristen Proffitt, Kayla Hansen, Paige Carmichael, Maddie Reiches. Photo by Jeff Bergman

The Evanston Eclipse travel softball team finished in second place in the 16U division of the season-ending Elk Grove Village Heat tournament held on July 28 and 29. The Eclipse consists primarily of ETHS varsity players.

The Eclipse made their run to the championship game with three straight wins on Sunday, defeating the Illinois Bash, Elgin Heat and Glen Ellyn Phillies before falling to the host team under the lights. ETHS senior Allie Managlia started all four games for the Eclipse and struck out a total of 19 batters for the day while walking only five.  Junior catcher Emily Mathyer led the offense with seven hits, while senior left-fielder Maddie Reiches and junior centerfielder Allie Nortz both stopped opponents’ rallies with running catches deep in the outfield.  A quartet of sophomores, Izzy Bergman, Jessica Garcia, Emma Maxwell and Cate Rudy, also made solid contributions at the plate and in the field.

“Finishing second in a prestigious tournament shows that Evanston softball is moving in the right direction,” said team manager Dan Managlia. “The girls worked hard all summer, and we’re excited to see what they can do next spring when the ETHS season begins.” The team is coached by Kristen Proffitt, and the roster is filled out by Maine West High school players Paige Carmichael, Gina Larucci and Kayla Hansen.