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New Trier’s Lauren Secaras

New Trier’s Lauren Secaras, who is pictured on April 12 pitching against St. Charles North, improved to 8-1 Saturday and has a 2.86 ERA. | Nic Summers/for Sun-Times Media

Last weekend provided a perfect example of Lauren Secaras’ value to the New Trier softball team. 

On Friday, the senior pitched a complete-game shutout in a 2-0 win over Resurrection. About 17 hours later, Secaras was in the circle again, this time pitching six innings in a 15-8 win over Lincoln-Way North.

Secaras also contributed at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in Saturday’s win. 

“She’s a competitor,” New Trier coach John Cadwell said of the second-year varsity player. “She really blossoms when the pressure mounts.”

A part-time starter last season, Secaras is the team’s No. 2 pitcher behind senior Allison Quigley and a first baseman.

Although it’s not an easy job, Secaras isn’t complaining about her role on the pitching staff.

“It can be tough not knowing when I will have to step in, but I don’t mind it,” she said. “I like pitching, and I will pitch as many innings as I can.”

Secaras improved to 8-1 after wins Friday and Saturday. She entered this week with an ERA of 2.86 and 59 strikeouts in 56 1/3 innings.

“It’s so nice to have someone like her as your second starter,” Cadwell said. “We don’t want Allison throwing every game, and we have confidence when Lauren is in there.”

Offensively, Secaras was batting .369 with team highs in home runs (six) and RBI (29) after Saturday. Last spring, she had four homers and 17 RBI.

“She can just crush the ball,” Cadwell said. “When she connects, it’s majestic.”

But Secaras worked in the offseason to limit her fly balls and hit line drives. Of her 31 hits through the weekend, 22 were singles.

“My goal every at-bat is to hit it hard and put the ball in play,” said Secaras, who plans to play in college at Denison. “I’m not looking to hit home runs. I am looking to find my pitch to hit. I can still be better at selecting the right pitch.”

Cadwell said Secaras is a more complete player, especially at the plate, than she was a year ago and one of the reasons for the team’s success this season. The Trevians entered this week 21-2-1 overall and 8-0 in the CSL South. New Trier wraps up conference play at home today against Maine South. 

“She’s been so consistent for us,” Cadwell said. “She’s always producing.”

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