Loyola head coach Michelle Farrell-Fink said last week’s 17-16 win over Trinity in eight innings could be the kind of victory that is helpful to the Ramblers later in the season.
The Ramblers rallied from a five-run deficit going into the bottom of the seventh before senior Lindsay Matousek drove in the game-winning run in the eighth.
“We have talked about having a never-give-up mentality, one that refuses to lose,” Farrell-Fink said. “Our energy was incredible. I am so proud of our girls because they didn’t give up at any point in that game. We had lost games like this, but our mentality was different. Something clicked with our girls.”
Farrell-Fink said if the Ramblers (4-6) find themselves in a similar situation, they will be able to draw on their experience against the Blazers on April 12.
“This is a game that will definitely help us in the future,” she said. “It was also a good game for us to win with a long layoff coming up.”
It might not be much, but Loyola went into spring break on two-game win streak.
Big bat: Senior shortstop Avery Yalowitz, a four-year varsity veteran, has been the leader of Loyola’s offense through the first 10 games.
In the win over Trinity, the No. 2 hitter went 4-for-4. A day earlier, Yalowitz hit the game-winning home run in 1-0 victory over Fenwick.
She’s batting .452 and has an on-base percentage of .485. Her OPS is 1.291. Yalowitz is first on the Ramblers in RBIs (9) and runs scored (11) and tied for first in homers (2). What’s more, she has zero strikeouts in 34 plate appearances.
“She continues to come up with big hits for us,” Farrell-Fink said.
Junior center fielder Nora Conway and sophomore first baseman/pitcher Kathryn Kinsella also have been productive at the plate. Conway is the team’s leadoff hitter, while Kinsella is in the No. 4 hole.
Conway carries a .412 batting average and a .429 on-base percentage. She has scored nine runs. Kinsella is hitting .296 with eight runs scored and five RBIs.
Familiar face: Devin Miller arguably is the most accomplished player in program history, and the 2009 graduate and former all-state pitcher is back on the bench for the Ramblers as an assistant coach to Farrell-Fink.
As a senior, Miller starred in the circle, leading Loyola to the Class 4A state championship. She went on to pitch for Illinois-Chicago. Farrell-Fink (Class of 2006) was a teammate of Miller for one season.
“It’s been great,” Farrell-Fink said of Miller’s homecoming. “She has an incredible knowledge of the game. She’s helped our pitchers out a ton.”