Bulldog fans braved rain and frosty, wind blown temperatures to cheer their girls on in the 12U home opener at Memorial Field. The 12U Bulldogs offense led by Haydin "Icepack" Hamption and Molly "Beebs" Giesen, exploded for 22 runs in the home opener on Friday to down the Lemont Lightning. The victory puts the team at 1-0 in Illinois Power League play. Hampton and Giesen combined to contribute to half of the Bulldogs offense with Giesen driving in 4 runs and scoring another three and Hampton with 2 RBI's and scoring twice.
Hampton earned the game MVP honors from the Lightning for her stellar play on both offense and defense, connecting with Renee "Renado" Randles throwing out two Lightning runners on consecutive heads up plays at third base. Hampton also gunned down another runner at home and caught a tough foul ball along the first base fence. While the Bulldogs did commit 5 errors, they were minimized by 13 hits on offense and strong pitching from Avery "Showtime" Lundblad, Gwen "Speedy" Shouse and Syd "Vicious" Schmitz. Lundblad led things off on the hill for Batavia and allowed only two hits and three runs over three innings, while striking out six. Shouse had a solid performance in her first multiple inning pitching outing going three innings. Schmitz slammed the door with a 1-2-3 seventh.
Every girl in the Bulldogs lineup either scored at least one run or had an RBI. Katie "Duck" Schroeder led Batavia with three hits in three at bats. Bella "Zucchini" Zagotta and Chloe "Lucky" Tratar also had a multiple hit game. Isabella "Izzy Pop" Jonas had an RBI and scored twice. While clean up hitter Elly "Squirrel" Reynolds had a quiet night at the plate, she still managed to contribute a key early RBI to help spark the offense. Zagotta led the Bulldogs with two stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with 11 stolen bases in the game.
Batavia lead wire to wire and earned the victory despite a 5 run rally by the Lightning late in the game with several Lightning batters contributing to the big inning including Charlotte, Delaney, Ava, Adyson, and Allison, who all drove in runs in the inning. The Bulldogs named Adyson, the Lightning MVP.
The next Bulldogs game in Thursday, May 3 in Wheaton against the Wheaton Wildcats.