Emma Baldwin threw a complete game and homered for Oak Park-River Forest in the team’s 9-1 win over Fenwick Wednesday evening at Triton in the 4A River Forest softball sectional semi-final.
Baldwin, a senior, struck out 12 Fenwick batters, allowing one run, nine hits and no walks. She did not allow an extra base hit and only one runner reached third.
“It was a pretty good effort for her,” OPRF coach Mel Kolbusz said. “She was off a little bit, but she kept battling through that. That says a lot about her character and her heart.”
At the plate, Baldwin hit a solo home run to right field for OPRF’s second run of the game in the second inning (the Huskies scored their first run on a sacrifice fly from junior Nina Steele in the first). The shot was a no-doubter, and it started a big inning: No. 2 OPRF (26-9) scored three more runs in the second to take a 5-0 lead. Junior Taylor Arends connected for a two-run single in the inning, reaching out and poking a ball opposite way to right field.
“That was not my best swing,” Arends said. “I just kind of touched the ball, and it’ll go. It worked.”
Senior Annelise Ryan drove in a run in the third with a single up the middle. A sacrifice fly from senior Libby Foster put OPRF up 7-1 in the fourth, and two innings later Foster doubled in a run and sophomore Emily Richardson tripled in a run.Fenwick, OPRF