GRANGER TWP. — The Highland softball team had almost three days to stew. On Thursday, the Hornets boiled.
After losing a game it arguably should have won Monday against Revere, Highland bounced back with an 8-1 Suburban League American Conference win over the Minutemen.
Believe it when every member for the reigning league champion Hornets (11-4, 6-1) tells you they couldn’t wait to get another crack at the team that took away their undefeated conference record.
“We were pretty disappointed that it didn’t turn out the way we wanted,” Highland first baseman Autumn Chorba said. “We did what we wanted to do today. We all pitched in. It was a team win.”
That was evident in the fact every starter registered at least one hit as the team knocked around starter Lauren Sadatki (3-3) for 14 hits.
Alex Chorba (2 singles, double, 2 RBIs, run), Autumn Chorba (3 singles, 2 RBIs, run), Sam Kainec (2 singles, 2 runs) and Alex Pasco (double, 2 RBIs) had big days at the plate to make sure Revere (6-5, 3-3) wasn’t going to get back into things.
On Monday, the Minutemen were down a run and scored two in the bottom of the sixth to win 3-2. Thursday, they never had a chance.
“This was one of those games where we were playing a team we had just lost to earlier in the week,” Hornets coach Patrick Martin said. “Even after that game, they thought they should have won that game.
“We didn’t meet the expectations that we needed to. They didn’t come to play. For them to come to play like they did, they made a statement. It says a lot about what we want to accomplish. We sat down as a team (Wednesday) and went through those team goals. The No. 1 goal was to win the Suburban League again.”
Autumn Chorba’s one-out single tailed away from Revere right fielder Claire Brokloff to score Alex Chorba and Hanna Griffin in the first inning. Pasco added a two-out, two-run double in the fourth as Highland jumped to a 4-1 lead.
“Everything about it was revenge, including the eight runs to one,” Alex Pasco said. “Monday was a 3-2 game. I think we really made a statement. The hits in general really got us together and got us going and got Brittany (Fleischer) to relax and throw her game.”
Fleisher (10-3) won for the fifth time in SL play and exacted revenge from a loss Monday with a complete game. The right-hander threw a four-hitter and struck out four, sending down 12 of the final 14 batters.
Her performance was as much changing levels as it was relaxing in the circle with a big lead.
“It gives me a lot of confidence,” the senior said. “I know I can just do my thing and throw them in there. I have a great defense behind me that made all the plays today.”
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Highland 8, Revere 1
REVERE 010 000 0 — 1 4 1
HIGHLAND 202 040 x — 8 14 2
WP — Brittany Fleischer (10-3) 7 innings, 0 earned runs, 4 strikeouts. LP — Lauren Sadatki (3-3) 6 innings, 4 earned runs, walk. Revere (6-5, 3-3). Highland (11-4, 6-1) — Alex Chorba 2 singles, double, 2 RBIs; Autumn Chorba 3 singles, 2 RBIs; Sam Kainec 2 singles, 2 runs; Alex Pasco double, 2 RBIs.