Having your adrenaline flow at full speed can sometimes be a problem for a pitcher, but for Indian Creek’s Brittany Dugan on Friday, it was a good thing.
Actually, it was a very good thing.
Dugan threw her first career no-hitter, albeit in a game shortened to six innings by the 10-run rule, as the Braves won their opening-round matchup of the Johnson County Softball Tournament by a 10-0 score against Edinburgh at tournament-host Center Grove.
“I was very excited before the game,” Dugan said. “I was just in a good mood and I liked my first inning, and it went from there.”
The only Edinburgh hitter to reach base on the freshman pitcher did so via a throwing error in the sixth inning. That runner was then doubled off first base by Dugan herself after the pitcher snared a line drive from the following batter. An inning-closing strikeout meant the Indian Creek hurler faced the minimum 18 batters in the contest.
“Brittany did well today,” said Indian Creek coach Gary Mitchell in an understatement. “She had good intensity and helped us out a lot.”
Dugan struck out six Edinburgh batters and only allowed two balls to be hit out of the infield.
The Braves (10-8) didn’t need a lot of offense due to Dugan’s pitching prowess, but they got it anyway, scoring 10 runs on 14 hits. Cheyenne Moneymaker had the biggest hits for the squad, knocking in four runs on a two-run triple in the third inning and a two-run single in the fourth.
Zoe Gatton added a two-run single in the six-run fourth, while Jessica Knight had two RBIs for the game as well. Leadoff hitter Sydney Williams had two doubles and scored three runs, and Kaylee Satter finished the contest with an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth to make it 10-0.
“The girls did a good job of getting hits (with runners in scoring position),” Mitchell said. “The team is relaxed and in a good mood. We play better ball when they are like that.”
The game continued uninterrupted despite pregame rains and a 10-minute shower during the fourth inning. Center Grove facilities personnel worked on the infield, particularly the area around the pitcher’s mound, a couple of times during the game to combat wet conditions. The field looked good, however, and there were no problems for infielders on either team with fielding ground balls.
Edinburgh falls to 6-10.
Class 3A Indian Creek plays Class 4A No. 2 Greenwood today in a 10 a.m. semifinal.