Going into her game at Green Hope, Middle Creek senior Kiley Majette was told she would only pitch half of the game unless she had a no-hitter going. When teammate Devin Wallace didn’t relieve her halfway through Tuesday’s game, she knew what was happening.
Majette got her first career no-hitter by striking out 15 batters in a 10-0 win.
“We’ve been saying for a couple of years now that our pitching is pretty strong. We’ve got two D-1 caliber pitchers and when they’re on, hopefully we score a couple of runs and it turns out our way,” said Middle Creek coach Robbie Wray, whose team improved to 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the Southwest Wake Athletic Conference.
What worked: Majette said she worked hard in the offseason to work on a breaking ball.
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It kept Green Hope off-balance.
“My curveballs were killing it,” Majette said. “My college coach has been on me about getting the strikeouts up.”
Needs improvement: Four errors by the Falcons (3-2, 1-1) directly resulted in two runs.
“Defensively we’ve got to step up and make routine plays,” Green Hope Logan Hill said. “Offensively we’ve got to be patient and wait for strikes, (gain) consistency there.”
Of Green Hope’s two losses, both have been no-hitters. Adjusting to top-shelf pitching is hard when there is just one senior and three juniors on the team.
“We’re a very young team,” Hill said. “We haven’t seen live pitching to that ability except for once this season.”
Turning point: Middle Creek led 4-0 in the top of the fifth inning and already had one out when Lily Morris and Sasha Taylor drew back-to-back walks. Alie Burghardt singled in Morris, then Kelly Monahan reached on an error, bringing up the top of the order with just one out and the bases loaded.
Megan Walker (two RBIs) drew a walk to force in a run as did Rachael Klass (two RBIs).Majette’s two-out single brought a fourth run across in the inning.
“We’ve never played well here and we’ve never scored a lot of runs on this field for some reason I don’t know what it is. It took awhile, but once we got on it we did pretty good,” Wray said.
Lilly Podolsky’s two-run double in the top of the seventh rounded out the Mustangs’ scoring.
“It’s good to finally get into Mustangs softball,” said Majette, who had a triple and two singles.