JOLIET – If someone wanted to see a great example of resiliency in a softball game, the place to be on Tuesday was at Joliet Catholic Academy, when the hosts took on Minooka in a nonconference game.
In a contest that featured several shifts in momentum by both teams, the Angels scored three runs in the ninth to overcome the two runs that the Indians got earlier in the inning to capture a wild 9-8 victory.
JCA (5-1) won its fifth-straight game when Annie Nudera (four RBIs) tied it at 8-8 with a two-run double to center and Hannah Antzoulatos (three hits) followed with a single to right for the game-winning hit against coach Mark Brown's Indians (1-7), who have been in most of their games.
"I didn't want to leave my teammates out there," Nudera said. "There were two outs, so I knew that I had to get on somehow to bring in the runs and I knew that Hannah would help us out, too. It was a good game for us."
Antzoulatos likes what's she's see during the early going for the Angels.
"It was super cold out here so I wanted to win it and get out of here,"Antzoulatos said. "I'm just really proud of my team, I didn't doubt them at all, I knew that we could do it. I like our team's passion. Since our run last year to sectionals, we're all going into this with strong minds and we're really excited to go back there."
After both teams scored two runs in the first inning, JCA went up 3-2 in the second but Minooka (1-7) answered with two more runs in the third before the Angels tied the game again in the fifth on a home run by Jen Krizka.
JCA's Jocelyn Reyes scored a run in the sixth to take a 5-4 lead but Gabi Robles came home in the top of the seventh to force extra innings. After each team scored a run in the eight, Minooka scored twice in the ninth on a two-run homer by Abbie Davis (two hits, two RBIs). The Indians also got two hits from Hannah Justak while JCA's Erin Garman also drove in a pair of runs.
Sammy Norman pitched the first seven innings for the Indians while Britney Lewinski entered in the first inning for the Angels and went 6 2/3 innings before being relieved in the final two innings by Andie Broniewicz, who collected the victory after striking out four.
"They did a great job at the beginning of the game of making our pitchers throw lots of pitches," Angels coach Tina Kinsella said. "Britney did a great job coming in a lot earlier than we anticipated and she she went a lot longer than we expected but I think she did great. We have three days off so she's going to use that rest to her advantage. She throws hard so that was great for them to be able to put the bat on the ball. And Andie throws a lot of junk and they hit her as well. And we were matching them run for run, inning to inning."