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Lilek heats up on cold spring day

ROMEOVILLE — What a difference a day and about 10 degrees made for the Minooka girls softball team on Tuesday. Just one day after having Monday’s game called off because the temperatures were in the low 30s, the Indians weren’t going to let Tuesday’s chance to take to the field slip through their fingers.

Playing on the road at Romeoville and with the temperatures in the balmy low-40s, Minooka was indeed just glad to get out onto the field — this for one of the few times all spring.

“We were bummed out that our game yesterday got canceled,” Minooka senior pitcher Jackie Lilek said. “We want to play any time we can.”

The kids just want to play.

“I think it helped that we’ve had eight rain-outs so far. The girls are in that mode to play. They wanted to play yesterday and it was like 32 degrees out,” Minooka coach Mark Brown said. “I think they are at the point in time now where it doesn’t matter. Rain, snow, cold — they just want to get out and play some games.”

On Tuesday, the Indians were ready to play. So much so, in fact, that they defeated their Southwest Prairie Conference opponent, the Spartans by a 15-2 score in a game that ended after five innings due to the run rule.

“That’s what kind of players they are. They have mental toughness and are going to play hard no matter what the elements are. It showed today,” Brown said. “The cold really didn’t matter. They were cold, but it didn’t show.” 

“At least not on the scoreboard, that’s for sure.”

Catcher Kelsey Smith said that the team has been chomping at the bit to get in the batters box to this point and it showed.

“I wasn’t shocked that we scored that many runs today,” she said. “Not even in the cold. It really isn’t going to stop us from scoring a lot.”

Minooka played its much-anticipated season-opener on Saturday, beating Bolingbrook 5-1 and 13-3.

With the team averaging almost two runs an inning through the first three games, it’s almost a scary thought what the Indians could be like if the weather ever warms up.

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