Without an outfield fence at the Glenbard West softball field, a ball could roll in the grass for days.
Good luck fencing in that Hilltoppers lineup, too.
The hard-hitting Hilltoppers banged out 15 hits in an 11-1, six-inning win over York on Friday in Glen Ellyn.
Glenbard West (15-4, 7-2 West Suburban Silver), was hitting .323 and scoring 7.4 runs per game coming in. The Hilltoppers batted around twice against York. Every player had a hit.
"This lineup is awesome. Even the bottom of the order gets hits for us," said junior shortstop and Notre Dame recruit Kathryn Lux, who drove in 3 runs. "When you get on base, you can count on someone getting you over and driving you in."
Glenbard West, which lost to York 6-3 earlier in the season in Elmhurst, came out swinging early.
The Hilltoppers scored 2 runs in the first inning and 4 more in the second, all coming with two outs. Melissa Rauch dropped a 2-run single over the York shortstop in the first, and Lux shot a 2-run single to left in the second.
"We've really been hitting the ball well with two outs lately," Lux said. "We don't let the pressure affect us."
York had several opportunities to get on the board go by the wayside. The Dukes (13-15, 4-6) loaded the bases in the third and sixth innings without scoring. They left 10 runners on base for the game.
"I actually thought we hit the ball harder than they did the first three innings," York coach Tom Babyar said, "but had nothing to show for it. We only scored one run. That's not going to get it done against this team."
Glenbard West, scoreless for three innings, erupted for 5 runs on 6 hits in the sixth. Jayme Hefler and Melissa Noland had line-drive triples in the gap in left, and Ashley Steinhilber added a booming 2-run, inside-the-park homer over the left fielder.
Rauch (1-0) notched the win in her second start of the season. She allowed a runner to reach in every inning but wiggled free, striking out three.
"Like any pitcher, she has to work the corners and change speeds," Glenbard West coach Mary McGrane said. "We have a solid defense behind her and gave her good run support."
Kristy Borneman went 2-for-3 with 2 walks and scored 2 runs for the Hilltoppers. York leadoff hitter Gina Knutson reached base all four times and drove in Kelly Sullivan for the lone Dukes run.