SOUTH PARIS-While Sammy Dolloff was nearly unhittable Tuesday, Cony hurler Monica White proved to be untouchable.
Dolloff struck out 13 batters and didn’t allow a hit until the 12th inning. White gave up just one bunt single and fanned an amazing 27 Oxford Hills’ batters. That’s right, 27 strikeouts.
It wasn’t until the top of the 13th when Chelsea Soule’s soft grounder up the middle found its way through the infield to score Molly Hopkins with the game’s only run as Cony outlasted Oxford Hills 1-0 in a KVAC girls’ softball game.
“It was a little stressful,” said Cony coach Rocky Gaslin. “This was a fun game. Everyone had to stay focused.”
The Rams (8-1) had scoring threats in both the third and 12th innings but both times they had runners cut down at home on close plays. In the second, Jess Golden attempted to score from third on a one-out squeeze bunt by Hollie Rines. Dolloff fielded the ball and fired it to catcher Teira Durgin, who tagged Golden out with a glove full of dirt and ball.
In the 12th, it was shortstop Diann Ramsey’s turn to flash the leather as she pegged White at the plate on a groundball hit by Meaghan Stimon.
“We probably played our best defensive game of the year today,” said Oxford Hills coach Cindy Goddard. “And Durgin did a great job of getting two hands on the ball and getting the tag down.”
Goddard pulled a laboring Dolloff and replaced her with fireballer Jen Jurzcak to start the 13th. Jurzcak quickly found herself in trouble when Hopkins reached on a two-base throwing error to lead off the inning and moved to third on a wild pitch with one out. No. 9 hitter Soule worked a full count from Jurzcak (5-1) before slapping the slow, seeing-eye single to center.
“She can hit right or left,” said Gaslin of his switch hitting third baseman. “I motioned for her to bat right, but she shook me off. I guess she’s more comfortable from (the left) side. She just slapped it through.”
The Vikings (8-1) only had two runners find their way to second base as White (8-1) mowed them down frame by frame. She had strikeout streaks of five and seven and fanned the side five times. A ninth-inning bunt single by Tia Pratt broke up her no-hitter.
“Adrenaline really kicked in after the fourth inning,” said White. “It looked like it was going to go for awhile.”
With Molly Dow at second with one out in the eighth, White struck out Dolloff swinging before freezing Megan Gauger with a fastball on the outside corner. In the 12th, Emmylou Blake was left stranded at second as White struck out clean-up hitter Mindy Rugg.