MCCAY; MUSTANGS CONTINUE GOLD DOMINANCE
By MATT LE CREN - firstname.lastname@example.org
DOWNERS GROVE – A year ago, Randi McKay played a complementary role on a powerhouse Downers Grove South softball team that went 36-4 and finished third at the Class 4A state finals.
Now the sophomore is the cornerstone of a rebuilding squad.
It is a good foundation to have.
McKay made two putouts and an assist at second base and went 3 for 3 with two runs scored and two RBIs on May 5 as the host Mustangs routed Morton 13-3 in five innings in a West Suburban Conference Gold game.
McKay, a Wisconsin-Green Bay recruit who also is the Mustangs’ top pitcher, hit a sacrifice fly to drive in the first run in a six-run first-inning rally that wiped out a 2-0 deficit. She singled and scored in the second and third innings and doubled in the fourth hitting out of the No. 2 spot.
“It’s a bigger role than hitting ninth last year,” McKay said. “Being a sophomore I feel like I want to be that role model for people coming up.
“With having so many girls coming up from JV this year and only having four returning seniors, it’s a big difference from last year. But as long as we’re all on one journey and we have each other’s backs, we’ll do well.”
The Mustangs (12-9, 6-0) always do well in conference play. Despite their inexperience, they have shined in Gold action this spring and are aiming to win their seventh straight league title.
The dominance was evident against Morton as nine different players got hits. McKay and leadoff batter Maggie Greco, who went 2 for 3 with a run, led the way in the victory.
Center fielder Lindsey Hermann scored three runs, catcher Maddison Paladino drove in three, and Kara McKenna belted a home run. Senior Morgan Meyer allowed five hits and four walks while striking out six to get the victory.
“[Winning conference] is a good goal for us this season,” Downers South coach Lauren Berg said. “We’ve been having some ups and downs, so to find that level of consistency is something that we’re absolutely working on.”
Regardless of the outcome of any particular game, McKay and her teammates are staying positive. Click here to read the full story.