ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Harper College softball team started its season over the weekend at the N4C Softball Dome Jamboree in Rosemont. The Hawks posted a 3-3 record and 3-2 record in conference play in the games played at The Dome at the Ballpark.
|The Hawks posted a 3-3 record at the N4C Softball Dome Jamboree. (Jim Cummins)|
Game 1 (Friday, 12 PM)-Waubonsee Commmunity College 13, Harper College 4
In the season opener, the Hawks led 4-1 after two innings but could not hold the lead. The Chiefs scored twice in the fourth and once in the sixth inning to tie the game at 4-4. In the seventh inning, the Waubonsee offense exploded for nine runs to pull out a 13-4 victory.
Sara Markelonis (Cary, Ill./Cary-Grove) and Raegan Fingerman (Fox River Grove, Ill./Barrington) each had two hits and an RBI for the Hawks.
Game 2 (Friday, 7:30 PM)-Harper College 6, Triton College 3
Freshman pitcher Olivia Hamilton (Homewood, Ill./Homewood-Flossmoor) turned in an excellent performance inside the circle to lead the Hawks to their first victory of the year. Hamilton scattered six hits, allowed zero earned runs, and struck out three in a complete game. She also went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Harper took advantage of five Triton errors and took the lead for good with a three-run fifth inning.
Game 3 (Saturday, 9 AM)-Madison College 10, Harper College 2
After a promising start to the game against Madison on Saturday morning, the Hawks struggled to contain the WolfPack offense. Harper led 2-0 after 1 ½ innings, but Madison put up three runs in the second, four in the third, and three in the sixth to get the victory.
Markelonis, Hamilton, and Sam Cummings (Roselle, Ill./Lake Park) each had two hits in the loss.
Game 4 (Saturday, 11:30 AM)-Harper College 12, Joliet Junior College 0
A combination of great hitting and great pitching lifted the Hawks to an easy victory over the Wolves. Hamilton tossed a five-inning no-hitter for the Hawks, and it was almost a perfect game if not for one Harper error.
The Harper bats pounded out 13 hits in the win. Leading 4-0 after three innings, the Hawks scored five runs in the fourth and three in the fifth. Beth Petrunich (McHenry, Ill./McHenry East) led the attack, going 2-for-3 with a double, triple, and three RBIs. Markelonis was 2-for-4 with four RBIs, and Cummings was 3-for-4 with an RBI. Hamilton and Lane Winkler (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows) also had multi-hit performances.
Game 5 (Saturday, 4:30 PM)-Harper College 14, College of DuPage 4
To cap off Saturday's tripleheader, the Hawks took on the Chapparals. Nursing a 3-2 lead after three innings, Harper exploded for three runs in the fourth, three in the fifth, and five in the sixth to secure a victory.
The Hawks tallied a season-high 14 hits in the contest. Cummings was 3-for-4 with a double, triple, and three RBIs. Petrunich was 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBIs, and Fingerman went 2-for-5 with two RBIs.
Olivia Hamilton (Homewood, Ill./Homewood-Flossmoor) (3-1) earned her third victory by allowing four earned runs and eight hits over six innings.
Game 6 (Sunday, 9:30 AM)-Rock Valley College 13, Harper College 0
The Hawks squared off with the Golden Eagles, the top-ranked team and defending national champion at the NJCAA Div. III level, on Sunday morning in N4C play.
The Rock Valley offense scored nine runs in the third inning on its victory to a victory. For Harper, Emily Butler (Prospect Heights, Ill./Hersey) was 2-for-2 at plate. The Hawks managed just three hits.
The Hawks are scheduled to play a nonconference doubleheader on Thursday, March 18 at Kishwaukee College. First pitch for game one is set for 3 PM. Harper will also play a doubleheader the following day, Friday, March 19, at College of Lake County beginning at 3:30 PM.