Softball: Maciejewski praises seniors’ efforts
Hinsdale, 05/09/12--Hinsdale Central's Faith Koffron tags out Lyons Township's Alyssa Koziol after she was caught off of third base. Hinsdale Central High School hosted Lyons Township High School in softball Wednesday afternoon. | Jon Langham~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 29, 2012 8:22AM
Hinsdale Central softball coach Lee Maciejewski understands his three promising freshmen are a big reason the program is on the rise.
He’s more impressed, however, with his seniors this season.
“We have an influx of young talent, but a lot of the credit goes to the seniors who refuse to let last year — when we won five games — be their calling card,” Maciejewski said. “They have really embraced these young kids and taught them what we expect a Hinsdale player to be. Our seniors could’ve come in and just approached this season as a social event, but they didn’t. They worked very hard to get themselves ready.”
Hinsdale Central won its 13th game Monday by beating visiting Oswego East 7-2.
The talented trio of freshman all came up big.
Left fielder Emma Day smacked a two-run home run over the center-field fence to break a 2-2 tie in the third inning, while shortstop Annemarie Tracey (RBI) and catcher Faith Koffron each added two hits.
“It’s exciting to be part of some really great freshmen like Anne and Emma,” Koffron said. “We’re all hitting really well and it’s been great. We didn’t have the best record last year, but I knew we had some great players and I was really positive we could do well this year. I’m really happy with how we’re playing as a team.”
Lead-off hitter Tracey is hitting .337 and leads the team with 27 runs scored and three triples. She also splits time pitching with senior Kellie MacKenzie and has a 5-6 record with two saves and a 3.63 ERA.
Day, who hit fourth Monday, is hitting .253 with a team-best three home runs and has five doubles and 12 RBI.
Koffron has a .366 average as the No. 3 hitter, with a team-best eight doubles and 18 RBI. She also has two home runs and has scored 23 runs.
“Faith has solidified a position that we’ve had problems with,” Maciejewski said. “We had kids that tried real hard at that position but not of the ilk of Faith. We expect nothing but great things in the future from her.”
MacKenzie pitched a complete game Monday to earn the win. She surrendered four hits, including a two-run home run by Kailey Kamberis, in the third inning that tied the game at 2-2, but was perfect in her other six innings.
“Kelly isn’t an overpowering pitcher, but when she hits her spots she’s difficult to hit,” Maciejewski said. “When she does that and we don’t have any errors behind her we’re pretty good.”
Senior Jen Loiselle also hit a home run for the Red Devils, who now have 10 home runs after hitting just one all last season.