LANSING | T.F. South's Daviea Cowans usually has trouble waiting back on slower pitchers.
Monday afternoon, Cowans stayed back just fine and picked up a two RBI single in a 10-run Rebels first to advance against rival T.F. North 10-0.
"Normally I don't hit well with slow pitchers because I don't know how to wait back," Cowans said. "So I think I did pretty well for today."
With the help of Cowans and five errors by the Meteors in the first inning, T.F. South won in five innings in the first game of the Class 4A Joliet Central Regional. Cowans was 1-for-1 with three RBIs, while teammate Mariah Witvliet was 1-for-3 with a base-clearing triple in the first.
"I was just aiming for the ball, hoping to get a good hit," Witvliet said. "We've been having ups and downs with our bats, but we're coming around."
The Rebels (15-14) sent 15 batters to the plate in the bottom of the first, while the first eight batters of the inning all came around to score for T.F. South. The Meteors (3-23) helped the Rebels with five errors in the first. Witvliet's triple opened up her team's lead to 5-0.
T.F. South starter Devin Pieper pitched three innings of one-hit ball before Natalie Pascual and Sarah Kessler came on in relief. T.F. North's lone hit of the game came by Leslie Owens with two outs in the second.
"We always have that one inning where we give them up," Meteors coach Kara Zentz said. "We have the potential, we need to put it all together. I'm the third coach in three years, so that's a little rough."
The Rebels will face Plainfield Central at 4:30 p.m. today at Joliet Central.
"We're going to need to have quick bats," Cowans said, "a strong attitude, ready to win. We've never played them before, so I'm pretty sure they're not going to be weak. They're going to come out strong, so we need to come out stronger."
Rebels coach Jamie Arundel hopes for solid defense behind projected starter, Pieper, and she also expects for Pieper to pitch ahead early in the count.
"We need to get Devin ahead in each count," Arundel said, "and focus on her D being able to help her out. We can hang with anybody as long as we bring our bats and bring the confidence that we know we have."