Sporting WCA

Keely Sweet’s Perfect Game Seals Dominant Win

The Wildcats defeated Principia on a hot autumn day by a score of 12-0. Keely Sweet, senior,  achieved a truly historic feat – a perfect game. This means that no-hitter reached first all game. Her stuff was sharp all night long, and she changed speeds often enough that the Principia hitters never really knew what hit them. On the other side of the ball, the Wildcats were equally explosive, and by winning by ten or more runs after four-and-a-half innings, the lady cats sealed their victory two innings shorter than the regularly scheduled seven innings.

A three up, three down inning from both sides in the first seemed to signify that runs would be difficult to come by, but everything changed soon after.

Sweet had a perfect second, and Deanne Pfyl, sophomore, led off the bottom of the second with a single just passed the out-stretched glove of the third basemen. Two batters later, Madelyn Trost, also a sophomore, singled right past the third basemen once more, with her hit in a near identical spot into left. Senior Taylor Dorsey struck out to end the inning and put a stop to the first of several threats.

After the third perfect inning by Keely Sweet, senior, Westminster really started to open up the scoring. After back to back singles in the bottom of the third by seniors Annie Backs and Sweet, sophomore Maddie Volding wound up on first to load the bases after a botched play by the shortstop. Sophomore Izzy Clawson tried to bunt home a run, but her bunt missed the line and went straight back to the pitcher. Backes, senior, scored on sophomore Deanne’s second hit of the night. Senior Megan Wibbenmyer singled home a second with a dribbler up the third base line. Furthermore, the Principia pitcher plunked the next batter for the fourth run of the night. With the bases still loaded, junior Brook Lemp hit a double to deep left to clear the bases. A pair of walks loaded the bases once more. Today’s offensive star, senior Annie hit a line drive to left that looked like a nice single for two RBIs, but after a throw home, the runner originally on first greedily decided to advance to third. The catcher, even more greedily, tried to nab her at third, but threw it away! Seeing this, Annie went all the way around for an inside-the-park grand slam! Senior and pitcher Sweet singled, and Volding brought her home with a double to deep center for the tenth run of the inning.

Sophomore Madelyn Trost got hit by a pitch to open the bottom of the fourth after the fourth consecutive on-two-three inning by Sweet. Senior Taylor Dorsey singled, and Annie Backs came through once more in the clutch to bring her around with a two out single of her own to score the game’s eleventh run. Another run coupled with solid base running lengthened Principia’s deficit to twelve.

Play stopped after a perfectly pitched top half of the fifth due to the mercy rule.

Sam’s Scribbles

  • It was Annie Backs’ second inside-the-parker in as many nights, and her first five RBI game
  • It was Sweet’s eleventh complete game, tying her for thirteenth in the St. Louis area
  • Sweet continues to climb up leaderboards as she is now ninth league-wide in strikeouts
  • The team is now 9-4 on the year, and have outscored their opponents by ten or more on six different occasions, for a total run differential of 70