Fenwick’s softball team has had a season of peaks and valleys, but a 7-3 win over Loyola in River Forest made the Friars winners of three straight.
“As a team we’re getting better,” senior Ashley Parenti said. “We’ve gotten over our hump and we’re on a streak right now.”
One of the big reasons for success this season has been Parenti, a heady shortstop and middle-of-the-order hitter. Against Loyola on May 8, Parenti had a seemingly quiet day, but she was still instrumental in the victory.
She only had two balls hit to her, but in the top of the fifth with two outs and speedy Loyola first baseman Darice Wheeler on first, Parenti captured a sharply hit grounder and forced Wheeler out with a throw to freshman Giselle Diaz at second.
“It may look like a simple forceout, but she waited until Giselle got over there to throw the ball,” coach Mike Marrese said. “She didn’t just throw it blindly, hoping she’d get there. She waited, threw the ball. It looked like an easy play, but it wasn’t.”