Plainview right-hander Hanna Beth Matherly struck out 15 Davis Lady Wolves with her rise ball and used good movement with her off-speed pitches, says Davis shortstop Jolie Romine.
That was until the top of the eighth inning.
Romine drew a two-out walk, stole second base, then third base and came around to score the go-ahead run on Joden Snyder’s RBI single.
Davis overcame Matherly’s gem of a pitching performance for a 3-1 victory at Lady Indians Softball Field on Tuesday afternoon.
“(Matherly) has a lot of movement with her pitches,” Romine said in a phone interview. “She has a lot of off-speed pitches. Everyone was swinging at her change-up. We finally started contacting her pitches in the eighth inning.”
Davis coach Jeff Parnell was just as impressed with Matherly.
“For me, she had a really good game,” Parnell said in a phone interview. “She pitched really well. She is probably the most improved in the years I’ve been at Davis. She threw it really, really well. I wasn’t expecting her to throw it that well. She had a great day.”
Playing without Sami Skelly, Plainview tallied just two hits off Davis pitcher Macie Buckaloo and committed four errors.
Buckaloo notched the complete-game victory. She struck out five and yielded two hits. Offensively, she was 2 for 4.
“She’s been pitching a lot lately,” Romine said. “(Monday), she pitched about eight innings and today, she pitched eight more. She is a strong pitcher. She will be doing anything to help her team.”
Plainview had the early lead.
In the bottom of the second, Billye Lester pinch ran for Brooklyn Storts, advanced to second base on a McKenzie Williams sacrifice, then to third on a Leah Selensky single and proceeded to score on an error. Storts drew a walk.
Two consecutive errors committed by Plainview third baseman Halee Womack in the top of the fifth allowed Dylan Johnson to reach base and later cross home plate safely to knot the score at 1-1.
The excitement of a close crowd kept an enthusiastic crowd on the edge of their seats, Parnell said.
“The atmosphere was like a regional or state tournament,” he said. “Everyone was pretty pumped.”
A two-out rally in extra innings by Davis fired up the Lady Wolves’ supporters.
Snyder’s single drove in the first run of two runs in the frame for a 2-1 Davis lead. Sydney Martin made it a two-run lead for the Lady Wolves after she hit an RBI single into left field.
“That was a good win,” Parnell said. “Plainview has a pretty good ball club.
“We started flat and got better throughout the game.”