Lake Forest wins 14-under softball tourney in Northbrook

Lake Forest's 14-under softball team celebrates after winning a tourney in Northbrook. | SUBMITTED PHOTO
Lake Forest's 14-under softball team celebrates after winning a tourney in Northbrook. | SUBMITTED PHOTO

Over the years, teams coached by Neal Kahalnik won nine tournament championships while he was part of the Vernon Hills Stingers and Crystal Lake Tidal Waves youth softball programs.

Now, he’s coaching the Lake Forest Scouts’ 14-under team and, sure enough, his girls worked their way into the winner’s circle recently in a tournament in Northbrook.

In the finals at Northbrook, Lake Forest took out Vernon Hills 4-1 to complete a dominant run in which the champs allowed just five runs in their final four games, thanks to the outstanding pitching of Meghan Joyce and Elisa Nettesheim, and solid defense.

In the tourney quarterfinals, the Scouts beat Northbrook 4-3 on a walk-off single by Catie Slaughter. Nettesheim and Kallin Hermann had singles, and Tessa Bojan walked with two out to set the stage for Slaughter.

In the semis, the Scouts crushed the Glenview Titans, using a six-run fifth to put the game away. The offensive explosion was highlighted by a bases-clearing double to right by Jon‘nah Williams. Joyce pitched six innings, allowing six hits with two strikeouts.

In the championship game against the Stingers, Nettesheim shut down the Stingers, allowing three hits and two walks while fanning nine.

With the Scouts up 1-0 in the bottom of the third, two-out hits by Williams, Joyce, Sydney Martens and Nettesheim produced three runs.

“I’m very proud of the progress made by the girls on this team. They really stepped it up full throttle this weekend,” said Kahalnik who is assisted by Sammie Bloomfield and Sloane Kahalnik. “We had outstanding pitching and defense along with a few key hits which did the trick.”

Lake Forest is now 22-11 this summer.

This year’s team also includes Ellie Pearson, Shannon Stowe, Ashley Dueringer Skye Miller, Savana Drach, and Anisha Paruchuru.

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