The Perfect Game
ARMSTRONG – Games with double digit strikeouts are nothing new to Armstrong-Ringsted ace Amy Leach.
On Wednesday, the junior right-hander did something new-she pitched a perfect game.
No errors, no walks-18 batters retired in order as the Mustangs won 10-0 in six innings over Harris-Lake Park on Wednesday.
After the game, Leach didn’t realize she’d accomplished the feat.
“No, I wasn’t keeping track,” she said when asked about it.
Leach struck out nine of the first 10 Wolf batters. The only glitch was the cleanup batter, who popped up to first baseman Michele Iris to start the second inning.
After recording her ninth strikeout to start the fourth inning, the Mustang defense lent a helping hand. Third baseman April Gunderson and second baseman Logan Evans both snagged a couple of line shots for a quick inning.
A-R’s biggest concern came in the top of the sixth inning when Leach and catcher Megan Sanders collided trying to catch a ball in foul territory. Leach tumbled over Sanders, but both came up unharmed.
Leach then recorded her 13th strikeout. Iris caught a pop up in foul territory at the fence and Evans took care of the only H-LP ground-out to end the Wolves at-bat in the sixth inning.
Offensively, the Mustangs scored in all but the third inning.
“We gave them the day off yesterday (Tuesday) and they came back ready to go,” said A-R coach Hilary Menke. “I was very pleased with our hitting tonight.”
In the first inning, Lisa Pelzer hit a one-out single, stole second and raced to third when April Gunderson drew a walk and the catcher dropped the ball. Pelzer scored when Evans grounded out to second base.
A-R put up four runs in the second inning, all with two outs. Cheever led off with a walk and moved to second on the sacrifice bunt by Brianne Gonzales. Cheever went to third when Leach grounded out to short and scored when the throw to third went wide.
Iris singled and went to second as the left-fielder mis-played the ball. Morgan Grabinoski reached on an error and stole second base. Pelzer came up with a two-RBI single and went to second on the throw home which was followed by an RBI single by Gunderson.
In the fourth inning, Iris again hit a one-out single followed by an error by the left fielder and scored on a two-out single by Pelzer.
In the fifth inning, Evans led off with a single, took second on a passed ball, went to third on a groundout to second base and scored when Cheever grounded out to the shortstop.
In the sixth inning, the Mustangs cut the game short when Iris led off with a single. Grabinoski went for the sacrifice bunt and the Wolves tried to get the force out at second, but the throw was late. A single by Pelzer loaded the bases and Gunderson hit a three-run double to end the game.
Pelzer was 4-4 with three RBIs, Gunderson was 2-3 with four RBIs, Iris was 3-3 and Gonzales was 1-2.
A-R (15-3, 9-2) hosts West Bend-Mallard on Friday.
H-LP000 000 – 0 0 3
A-R140 113 – 10 9 0
H-LP – Elsbecker (LP). A-R – Leach (WP) and Sanders.