A leadoff home run by your opponent might get some teams rattled, but not the Neuqua Valley softball team.
In fact the Wildcats kind of believe it’s actually a good thing. Another good thing is the ability to score in bunches. They did that starting with a 6-run second inning Friday that more than offset the home run hit by Mustangs shortstop Emily Nelson in the bottom of the first.
The short-lived 1-0 deficit was all but forgotten after visiting Neuqua Valley won the DuPage Valley Conference contest 9-3 in cold, rainy conditions in Aurora.
“We have a superstition on our team, if the first girl hits a home run it’s bad luck for the other team,” Wildcats slugger Abby Meeks, 18u JS, said. “So we all kind of knew (we were OK), but we still played a great game.”