Woodsboro blistered the John Paul Lady Centurions for eight hits in route to a 10-0 victory. The game was called after five innings on the 10-run mercy rule.
Pitcher Megan Carter, a junior, struck out 11 batters and the Lady Eagle defense played flawlessly in helping Carter with a second no-hitter in three opening games.
“It is always great to get that first game out of the way,” said Coach Jaime Cano. “The first one is always tough. John Paul is a good team and tonight’s score did not reflect that, but once our girls get going, they are almost impossible to stop. We jumped on them early and never looked back. We still had some jitters, we missed a couple of calls and we should have made some things happen, but this is our first game and I am pleased with what we did out here tonight.”
Most coaches and teams would be satisfied with a 10-0 victory, but Cano and his Lady Eagles know that they are considered a serious state title contender and with that consideration comes the responsibility of playing like one.
“We have some very good chemistry right now and we have to keep playing at that high level from here on,” Cano said. “Our girls are very versatile, they will play wherever I need them to, and our faith in each other is what keeps us going.”
After retiring John Paul in order, Woodsboro jumped out of the gate for four runs in the first inning. Chelsea Bluemel led the game with a walk and immediately stole second base to set the tone for the game.
Woodsboro added two runs in the third inning, one run in the fourth inning, and three runs in the fifth to close out the game. The lone run in the fourth inning came via Lacie Jochetz inside the park home run.
Jochetz blasted the ball into the left field corner, well past the outfielder and ran the bases as if her life depended on it. The exciting play delighted the many Woodsboro fans in attendance.
“We played well considering this was our first game,” said senior catcher Kaitlin McCool. “We could have been a little crisper but, we have had some illnesses and some of us just finished basketball so, overall we are happy with our effort tonight. We have three seniors this year, myself included, and we are excited about this season. It is great to be able to finish out our senior year with our sisters.”
Woodsboro has only lost one game at home. An error-plagued loss to Goliad back in February of 2007, their inaugural season. Since that loss it has been home sweet home for the Lady Eagles.
When asked why they are so tough to beat at home McCool replied, “Our fans. We love to play for our community. We have the very best fans and a great park to play in. The whole atmosphere is just great. You look up and see the stands full and you know that they are here to support you. There is no better place to play and no better fans than ours.”
Up next for the Lady Eagles is the Goliad tournament. Cano and the Lady Eagles expect to see a lot of good teams and some great competition.
“Tournaments give us the opportunity to get a lot of playing time in and work out some kinks prior to the start of district play,” Cano said. “We are looking forward to this weekend.”
Bluemel recorded 2-hits, 2-RBI’s, 2-runs, and 2-stolen bases; Jochetz had 2-hits and 2-runs; Carter had 1-hit, 1-RBI, and 1-run; Cassie Blaschke 1-hit, 1-run, and 2-stolen bases.
Mallory Jessop 1-run; Valerie Balderamas 1-hit, 1-RBI, 2-runs, and 1-stolen base; McCool 2-hits, 1-RBI, 1-run, 1-stolen base; and Melissa Cisneros 1-RBI.