Girls Softball Team Wins Conference Title, Finishes Undefeated

Elm girls softball team gathers around the first-place trophy after winning the LNAC title.

The Elm girls softball team and head coach Ms. Colleen Byrne gather around their first-place trophy after defeating Rosemont on Thursday, Sept. 27, for the 2018 Leyden-Norwood Athletic Conference championship. (Photo courtesy of Marsha Rubino)


The Elm girls softball team completed a perfect season with a dominating 12-0 win over Rosemont in the championship round of the Leyden-Norwood Athletic Conference (LNAC) playoffs.

The game, which took place on Thursday, Sept. 27, at Rosemont Stadium, featured the top two teams in the conference.

Elm entered the matchup with a 9-0 record after winning the regular-season LNAC Gold Division and powering through the first two rounds of the playoffs.

The Cougars defeated River Grove (1-6) in the quarterfinals and Union Ridge (4-3-1) in the semifinals to reach the LNAC title round. The Union Ridge victory featured a no-hitter thrown by pitcher Kylie Jones-Plasencia.

Rosemont, meanwhile, brought an 8-1 record into the championship game.

The Cobras went 6-1 during the regular season en route to winning the LNAC Blue Division. They defeated Hester (1-6) in the quarterfinals and Mannheim (5-2-1) in the semifinals to set up the showdown with Elm.

With the victory over Rosemont, Elm finished the season 10-0.


A Team to Remember


The Cougars' playoff sweep marked the first time the Elm girls have won the LNAC softball championship since 2010, when Elm finished the season 13-0.

"The girls all brought skills to the field from past experience and were able to come together as a team and play," said head coach Colleen Byrne, who finished her sixth season at the helm. "I think one of the biggest strengths of the girls was their ability to be versatile and play multiple positions and their enthusiasm and dedication to the team."

According to Byrne, this versatility enabled the Cougars to put together a stellar rotation of pitchers and catchers, with Jones-Plasencia and Alyssa Craig excelling on the mound and Aliyah Bonilla, Nikki Rubino and Jilly Schweinert taking turns behind the plate.

But above all, Byrne said, this team was simply fun to coach.

"They stayed humble while winning and showed good sportsmanship throughout the season," she said. "As a coach that makes me the most proud. The parents were also super involved and our biggest fans, showing support by cheering at every game. They helped us keep our momentum going during each game. Thanks, parents!"


Elm Girls Softball 2018 Roster


NAME

GRADE

JERSEY NUMBER

Frankie Ayuso

7th

14

Aliyah Bonilla

8th

13

Jocelyn Chavez

8th

5

Alyssa Craig

8th

7

AJ Dwyer

7th

16

Ariana Huaman

7th

2

Kylie Jones-Plasencia

7th

8

Sarah Pritt

7th

4

Nikki Rubino

8th

15

Jilly Schweinert

8th

3

Noemi Valdes

8th

4

Ava Vargas

8th

11

Ella Zagroba

8th

9


Photos from the 2018 Season


NOTE: The following is a sample of our Elm Girls Softball 2018 photo gallery, which can be found here. All photos are by Dave Porreca, D401 web/media specialist, except for the team photo taken at Rosemont Stadium by Marsha Rubino. Click any image for a larger view.


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