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Playing indoors not a problem for experienced DeKalb softball team

Monica Maschak -
DeKalb plays a game against Hinsdale at the Recreation Center in DeKalb on Friday, April 4, 2014. DeKalb won, 3-2.
Monica Maschak - DeKalb plays a game against Hinsdale at the Recreation Center in DeKalb on Friday, April 4, 2014. DeKalb won, 3-2.

DeKALB – After the DeKalb softball team’s scheduled game against Streamwood was canceled Friday morning because of inclement weather, the Barbs were out of luck. That was until Hinsdale Central rented out the DeKalb Sports and Recreation Center and asked DeKalb for a game.

In a matchup where each team batted its full roster, the Barbs earned a 3-2 win. A walk-off RBI double from Lindsey Costliow plated Katie Schneider for the victory. 

“It was good. It was tiring, fun and it was good to keep playing with the weather we have been having,” senior shortstop Sarah Friedlund said.

Friedlund, who had an RBI triple in her only at-bat of the contest, was glad to get a game in even if it was indoors. The senior said many of the Barbs have played indoors on several occasions.

“We also have a lot of girls who play travel ball and have been in indoor situations,” Friedlund said. “This is our home court and many of us have played here when we were younger, so it is a lot easier to come in here and play.”

This isn’t the first time DeKalb (6-0) has played indoors this season. The Barbs’ first two games this season were indoors. DeKalb coach Jeff Davis said his seniors will show the younger players how to deal with these constant changes.

“They are still high school students and athletes. You have to prepare for everything,” Davis said. “We have good senior leadership on the team and the younger kids are going to follow. Most of those seniors have been with me for four years, so the expectations are high for them every day they show up.”

Barbs pitchers Katie Kowalski and Morgan Newport each pitched in the contest. Davis was happy each pitcher got more work.

DeKalb will play a doubleheader today at Downers Grove South. First game is set for 11 a.m.

“I thought our pitchers did a really nice job,” Davis said. “Katie (Kowalski) actually had some pop on her ball today. I don’t know if that was being from inside or whatever, but to me, it was a good sign. Our pitching is going to keep pushing us to be better.”

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