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UPDATED: North Softball Team Has Plenty To Build On

The Knights will be a contender for years to come after closing this season In the Sectional Final.

After the Grayslake North softball season closed in a 7-0 decision to Marengo in the IHSA Class 3A sectional final last Saturday, a few tears were shed. But there were also several smiles as the North girls knew exactly what they had accomplished.

Sure, they were disappointed losing that game. Sure, North had a 20-win season but no one truly expected the Knights to win a regional or a sectional. Simply, the team had no history of postseason success and was filled with young players.

Well guess what? The Knights (22-11) fooled most everyone. Those young players, like Jordyn Bowen, Kristi Gandy and Kelsey Borders were experienced softball players despite not being seniors.

Marengo advanced to the IHSA state softball tournament this weekend, and won the championship game 1-0 over LaSalle-Peru. Meanwhile, the Knights are already focused on rebuilding for next year.

That's because Gandy will be back throwing fastballs next year. She's also very potent with a bat in her hand.

Slugger Borders has another year of eligibility. She can return to her spot at third base.

And Bowen has another two years of softball. The North shortstop comes gifted with a strong throwing arm. She brings speed to the club.

There will be more help from the likes of Christina Freese. The first baseman made sure her club wasn't no hit last Saturday. She lined a clean hit to center in the fifth inning.  When Gandy looks in for her signs next year, she'll see a familiar face behind the mask. Catcher Brooke Tracy should also return.

Recap: Last Saturday's game did not start out well for the Knights. Marengo scored two quick runs. By the third inning, it was 6-0.

"Marengo was the better team,'' said North coach Molly Jones. "They came to play. That wasn't our typical defense."

You can feel for junior infielder Jessica Davis. She hit two positive ropes. She was rewarded for her efforts with two outs. That was a line drive to second and liner to center.

"We did have some great at-bats,'' Jones said.

Borders had the final hit of the season with a crisp single in the seventh.

There is no need to worry about the Knights. They should be back in the playoffs next season.

"A lot of my players play travel ball,'' Jones said. "We have seven juniors coming back. I want them to remember how this feels. We are determined to get back."

Even a freshman played in this sectional contest. Nikki Livengood has three more years of eligibility.

North did have to say good-bye to three seniors, center fielder Brianna Leon, left fielder Raquel Ness and right fielder Hailey Badovinac.

 

CORRECTION:

In the original story, we neglected to include all three seniors on the 2011 team. Patch regrets the error.

Sullivan June 13, 2011 at 04:37 PM
Umm, North had three seniors on their team not two. And nothing like waiting to publish a story NINE days after it happened Patch!
Sully June 13, 2011 at 07:03 PM
Andrea, do you have any kind of point at all, or do you just prefer to complain about the mundane?
Sullivan June 13, 2011 at 10:19 PM
Yes, my point is there is yet another factual error in one of these stories. AND this happened NINE DAYS AGO. Those ARE my points. That's not mundane, that's pointing out a serious lack of editing and fact checking for like the thousandth time on this site.
Sully June 13, 2011 at 10:36 PM
Sure Andrea. It's very very important that you point this out. Why, I'm not sure, but if it makes you happy, go for it.
HM June 14, 2011 at 01:08 PM
Andrea, since you can not stand anything about this site, how about this - find another site! Why get yourself so worked up over such minor "issues" (does this even constitute an "issue"!?!?) A year from now, will this "issue" have any bearing on your day-to-day existence? Honestly, you need a hobby.
MJ June 14, 2011 at 02:49 PM
The Knights softball team accomplished great things this season. The girls had a terrific season with lots of memories that will last for years to come. I look forward to watching the Knights team play next year and also want to congratulate the THREE seniors for their outstanding efforts these past four years - Hailey Badovinac, Brianna Leon, and Raquel Ness! Loved watching you three play together for the past four years as KNIGHTS!
Janice Mortensen June 14, 2011 at 03:56 PM
I would also like to say how proud I am of how well the Knights did this year and what a way for the three seniors to go out this year with a record winning season for Grayslake North! Janice Mortensen
Marcia Watts Sagendorph (Editor) June 14, 2011 at 04:18 PM
Thanks for the comments, and you are all correct. We made a mistake in not including all three seniors, and I am deeply sorry for that. I have revised the article so it is now correct. And to the first comment, I wanted to run the story to pay tribute to a team that had an extraordinary season, even if it wasn't published immediately. I believe this team deserved to be recognized for a job well done.
Jeff Stielow June 14, 2011 at 05:28 PM
Great season for the Knights Softball Team and looking forward to next year. Hailey, Brianna and Raquel you will have last memories of this great season for the rest of your lives. GO KNIGHTS
Sullivan June 17, 2011 at 10:35 AM
Thanks for the article Marcia, but it's not just the error in this article. I read all the sports stories on this and other local sites, and this author has errors in almost every article you publish and that's not an exaggeration, it's a fact.

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