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Last season, the Evanston Township High School softball team captured its first regional title in the history of the program when the Wildkits beat Trinity 3-2 in the championship game of the IHSA Class 4A Evanston Regional round. The Kits also won the Central Suburban League South Conference title en route to winning a school record 23 games.
Entering the 2018 season, the Kits will look to build on last season’s success and hope to get to the Sectional round once again, if not farther come playoff time in late May. In order for that to happen, the Kits will be relying on a number of returning players to have solid performances on the field, including pitcher Molly Chambers, pitcher Grace Elwood, catcher Meg Eisfelder, first baseman Lucy Hart and shortstop Caroline Job.
The Kits certainly got the 2018 season off on the right foot as they scored a combined 25 runs in a season opening double header against Taft on March 17. The Kits swept the twin bill with 10-4 and 15-5 victories. From there, the Kits took on Palatine on March 21 and were unable to make it three victories in a row to open the season as they fell by a score of 7-4. In that game, the Kits rallied from a 4-0 deficit to tie the game in the fourth inning, thanks in part to a two-run bases-loaded double by Caroline, a single by Lucy, and a double by Liz Ayeni. But the Kits unfortunately gave up three runs in the top of the seventh to allow the Pirates to escape with the victory. With the loss, the Kits’ record fell to 2-1 overall.
From there, the Kits took on Loyola Academy on March 27 and were unable to get past the Ramblers as they suffered their second straight defeat by a score of 5-3. The Kits trailed 5-0 through the first six innings of that game. But in the seventh inning the Kits pushed across three runs on three hits and two walks to make it 5-3 thanks in part to a home run by Meg, walks to Lucy and Liz, a single to Molly and a single by Chloe Haack. After the third run scored, the Kits had the tying run at the plate but the rally stalled with two outs as the Ramblers got the final out to end the Kits’ threat. The loss dropped the Kits record to 2-2 overall.
Next up, the Kits were set to visit Maine East on April 3 and then return home to Evanston to take on Northside College Prep on April 6. After the Northside College Prep game, the Kits will play nine of the next 11 games on the road from April 7-24, which includes a stretch of four straight away games from April 7 to 12. Those four games are against Wheeling on April 7, Trinity on April 9, then CSL South foes Niles West on April 10 and Glenbrook South on April 12.
If all goes according to plan, look for the Kits to get through this upcoming stretch of road games in good shape to finish with yet another memorable season.