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Wednesday’s softball game epitomized the term “pitcher’s duel.”
Reed-Custer’s Antoinette Hill and Kankakee’s Sara Serena squared off in a battle of two of the area’s best hurlers and did not disappoint.
But when the dust settled and Mother Nature made her presence known, it was Hill’s Comets (14-9) escaping with a 1-0 victory against Serena’s Kays (14-7) in six innings.
“It’s easy as a coach to tell players to swing at certain pitches or work a certain way, but with the wind swirling upwards of 20 miles per hour, I thought both teams handled the conditions very well,” Reed-Custer coach Ramsey Harkness said.
“We kept a lot of the balls in the infield, which was great to see since we had a lot of youth playing to get ready for playoffs. Aside from one error, very solid defensive effort.”
Can’t Touch This
Although the two standouts in the circle were the pregame headline, it was Hill who stole the show.
The 6-foot Purdue commit entered the game tied with Watseka’s Magan Harris with 13 wins, which was third-best in the area. She has the second-best ERA with 1.73 and fifth in total strikeouts with 128.
Earlier this season against Peotone, she put forth what was her best outing at the time in a 2-1 loss during which she struck out 19 batters.
Now, her best outing can be chalked up to Wednesday’s performance, as she tossed a no-hitter and struck out 10 batters in the process.
“She did a great job and dealt with poise through the elements,” Harkness said. “It’s not just from a batting perspective that ball is affected; it’s pitching where a bigger effect happens, and she adjusted nicely. She was hitting her spots really well and getting a lot of swinging strikes. Couldn’t ask for a better outing.”