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Niles Nitro open season 3-1

Published 1:23pm Monday, June 25, 2012

CHICAGO — Niles Nitro 16U Softball team opened its season posting a 3-1 record in West Chicago this past weekend.

The Nitro were defeated in its first game 5-4 by Addison Blazers. Olivia Jordan and Tala Gentry each had two hits including doubles, while Kelly Harper and Brooke Wilson each doubled and Jordan Rank singled.

Taylor Ratkay took the loss despite only giving up three earned runs and striking out five.

In game two, the Nitro defeated the Milwaukee Invaders 4-3 with a two-run rally in the sixth.

Harper, Larkin Carey and Miranda Bailey led the team with two hits each, along with a single by Wilson. Bailey had the game-winning hit.

Ratkay picked up the win going six innings and striking out three.

In the third game, the Nitro defeated Park Ridge Pistols 9-2. Brooke Wilson threw a no-hitter in six innings and struck out five, giving up two unearned runs.

Wilson led at the plate with two hits, while Jordan, Ratkay, Harper and Sarah Toth added singles.

In game four, the Nitro defeated Drive Performance 13-0 in dominating fashion. Taylor Ratkay threw a perfect game in four innings and striking out six batters. The Nitro scored nine times in the first inning to blow the game open.

Harper doubled twice with Ratkay collecting a double and a single. Carey also had two hits. Jordan, Ankrapp, Gentry, Wilson, Rank, Bailey and Toth all added singles.

“This was a good start for us,” Nitro manager Rick McKeel said. “We have some new players and it took us a couple of games to get going, but the kids improved every single game and that’s what you want. Taylor and Brooke threw great on the mound. The only unfortunate side was we lost a couple more kids to an already injury depleted team, so we’ll be hoping to get healthy for next weekend.”

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