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Lisle softball can still get better as postseason approaches

Lisle softball team still can get better as postseason approaches

Published: Thursday, May 15, 2014 1:48 p.m. CDT
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(Erica Benson - ebenson@shawmedia.com)
Lisle's Lauren Holub head for home during Monday's game against Westmont. Defensive lapses cost the Lions in a 9-2 loss, and they are hoping to sure up the defense with the playoffs starting next week.

WESTMONT – Lisle softball coach Jen Pomatto didn't need much time with the scorebook to figure out what went wrong in Monday's 9-2 loss against Westmont.

It's an issue that has popped up throughout the season.

"Our pitchers are keeping us in games and the defense is not doing what it needs to do," Pomatto said.

Shelby Jensen stepped into the circle to pitch in the rivalry game against the Sentinels. Her solid effort was ultimately undone by five errors that led to five unearned runs.

"Shelby kept us in the game," Pomatto said. "She did exactly what we asked her to do."

Bella Daly laced a two-run double in the top of the fourth inning that scored Erica Krause and Lauren Holub and cut Westmont's lead to 4-2, but the Sentinels responded with a run in their half of the frame and then plated four more runs in the sixth to put the game away.

With the postseason starting in less than a week, Pomatto is hoping her team can put it all together.

"I've been telling them we have all the pieces and we have all the talent," the coach said. "Going into the regional we just need to make sure we put it all together. We have the tools we need. We have the pitching and we have the bats, we just need our defense to be there."

From the coach's perspective, the most frustrating part of the defensive lapses in games is that the Lions look sharp when working on defense in practice.

"We go over things a million times in practice and we work on it and we look great," Pomatto said. "But doing it in practice and then doing it in a game are different."

The Sentinels and Lions, who fell to 9-12 overall and 3-11 in the Interstate Eight Conference with Monday's loss, were scheduled to play again Tuesday in Lisle. They could meet for a third time in the regional championship game on May 24 if both win their playoff openers.

Lisle softball

Regional: Lisle

Sectional: IC Catholic

Seed: No. 2 in regional

First game: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday vs. No. 3 St. Joseph or No. 6 Chicago Clark

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