Softball: Lowell’s Brandi Faverty ends KV’s 4-game win streak
By John O’Malley Post-Tribune correspondent April 23, 2013 12:14PM
Kankakee Valley's Morgan Cavinder collides with Lowell catcher Caitlyn Walter at home in the fourth inning Monday afternoon at Lowell High School. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 24, 2013 2:12AM
LOWELL — Brandi Faverty came within a couple feet of possibly pitching a no-hitter against rival Kankakee Valley.
Instead, the Lowell pitcher ended up with a one-hitter — a slow-rolling infield hit up the third base line in the fifth inning she thought she should have grabbed — and a 3-1 Northwest Crossroads Conference win over the Kougars (9-2, 4-2) Monday.
“I didn’t really know I was having that good of a game until coach (Pete Iussig) told me afterwards that was the only hit,’’ Faverty smiled. “I was going for it at first, but I stopped (thinking third baseman Ali Charters was) and didn’t. It makes me mad, because I should have gone after it.’’
Faverty, who struck out six and walked two, had her drop ball working very effectively all day.
“She has a really good drop,’’ KV coach Brian Flynn said. “Thats really not something you see every day. It doesn’t get a lot of ink because it doesn’t usually get a lot of strikeouts. It does get you a lot of ground balls and that’s about all we (managed). We obviously didn’t hit the ball well today.’’
The Red Devils (7-3, 3-2) trailed 1-0 in the bottom of the sixth before coming up with three runs against KV starter Taurie Piatt (6-2).
After Lexi Marshall started the frame with a bunt single, Alyssa Pokropinski reached on another infield hit with one out, before Piatt recorded a strikeout.
Just when it looked like Piatt might escape the mess, Kristina Rosenbaum sliced a game-tying, two-out single into left field — just out of the reach of Kougars’ hustling shortstop Lauren Stokes.
Hunter Jusevitch then stepped to the plate and delivered a clutch two-run single up the middle scoring two runs and giving Lowell a 3-1 lead.
“I knew I needed to get a hit there,’’ said Jusevitch, who desperately wanted to atone for three errors she made at shortstop.
“I really wanted to make up for it and help my team. I hadn’t really been hitting that good so far this season, eiither, so when I came up, I told myself: ‘I have to do this. I have to prove to people that I can do it (when it’s really needed).’ ‘’
Iussig was relieved his team was able to come back and pull out a key league win despite making an incredible six errors.
“The errors were causing a lot of heartburn,’’ he said. “It’s tough. It’s tough on an old guy like me. When I was young, I could take it a lot better, but I can’t take it anymore. It (causes) gray whiskers.’’
With all the errors behind her, Faverty was just glad her drop ball was working so well.
“I was just focusing on hitting my spots and trying not to throw many balls,’’ Faverty said.
The loss snapped KV’s four-game winning streak.