The Lockport softball team completed a season sweep of the Bolingbrook Lady Raiders Wednesday with a dominant 10-2 victory behind a strong pitching performance from its starter.
After blanking Lockport in the first inning, Bolingbrook found themselves with the bases loaded in the bottom half of the inning. But Lockport pitcher Katie Bowler pitched out of the jam.
Lockport broke the scoreless tie on third-baseman Allison Foley's double to the wall. Foley would later drive in another run in the top of the fourth on a ground out.
Lockport opened the sixth inning with a four-run, five-hit display, breaking the game wide open. Lockport catcher Lia Romeo led the way knocking a one-hop two-run double off the left field fence. Lockport added two more runs in the top of the seventh.
The Lady Raiders showed signs of life with a small rally in the seventh when senior Amanda Duncan recorded a two-run single.
Ultimately though, Bolingbrook squandered its scoring chances and could not rebound from the wide deficit.
Lockport senior starting pitcher Kelly Bowler finished the game with a complete game, six-hit win, allowing two runs and striking out 10. She improved to 6-4 on the season.
Bolingbrook left eight runners on the base paths. But perhaps more damaging was the fact that its pitching let up 14 hits on the day.
"It's definitely nice to have the offense hitting the ball well," said Lockport pitcher Kelly Bowler. "I think we're doing great right now. We just got out of a funk, but if we keep it going we can be a threat to any team out there."
Bolingbrook junior Marisa Cinquepalmi went 2-for-4 at the plate while senior Amanda Duncan drove in the team's only runs after going 1-for-2.
"We talk about things we can control," said Lockport coach Marissa Chovanec when asked about the seven-game winning streak. "We can have good bats, but the ball could be hit right to fielders. We focus on the fielding and pitching because those are things we can control to keep the momentum."
Next up for the Lady Raiders is a road game against Homewood-Flossmoor. Bolingbrook has just six games left in the regular season.