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Romeoville Starzz softball compete in Chicago Metro ASA tournament

Alex Ortiz | 7/10/2013, 12:44 p.m.

The Romeoville Starzz 12U softball team competed at the Chicago Metro ASA tournament July 5 through July 7 and played in a tough division of 19 teams. Issues with scheduling and long days made it difficult but the girls stuck it through.

“The tournament as a whole I don’t think was run that great just for the simple fact that they kept changing our game time,” head coach Chuck Osborne said.

Game 1 vs. Stone City Sharks

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Romeoville Starzz Chicago Metro ASA Tournament

The Starzz began the tournament against the Stone City Sharks. Pitcher

Brittany Osborne pitched a full game shutout and had a lot of help behind her from the fielders. Offensively, Romeoville got out to a fast start with nearly everyone recording a hit.

Offensive highlights included catcher Maddie Massaro hitting two triples, centerfielder Jessica Lilwitz going 3-for-3 and leftfielder Bella Battaglia scoring a solo inside-the-park homerun.

Romeoville played a dominating game on both sides and nearly won by the slaughter rule, 13-0.

Game 2 vs. Illinois Hawks

The Hawks would pose a bit more of a challenge but pitcher Mia Hernaiz threw a solid game allowing only one run. Everyone was getting in on the action yet again on offense. Second baseman Rhiannon Zeffield and Osborne, playing shortstop this time, each had a RBI. Battaglia had another good game with two hits and two RBI.

The offense mustered five runs to win for a final tally of 5-1. The first day of the tournament ended with the Starzz topping the standings of 12UA division. Still, Coach Osborne knew his team hadn’t reached its full potential quite yet. The mental side of the game would be the focus of his post-game words to the girls.

“What we’re looking for today was to come out and win the first two just to show our presence,” he said. “Second thing, the most important thing, is anytime they make a mistake or strikeout or something, they get their heads down so, we stressed all week at practice to just let it go.”

His words would propel the team to the by far the best game of the tournament.

Game 3 vs. New Lenox Lightning

Romeoville would get up early again for another game that would take place during a hot morning versus a team their coaches had never beaten.

The challenge was substantial, but the Starzz were up to the task.

The team was shutout of the first inning but Hernaiz and the defense only gave up one run. She would prove a key figure in the game by throwing a complete game and helping her own cause by going 3-for-4 with 2 RBI. Osborne only had a single hit, but it was a big one. She tripled which sent in the first run to tie the score 1-1.

Through the first seven innings, the defense was stifling by only surrendering one run and showing some playmaking ability in the outfield. With one Lightning base runner threatening to score late in the third inning, she was thrown out at home when Massaro tagged the runner to keep the game tied.