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April 2, 2014

H.S. Softball: Cayuga run-rules another opponent, Hughes throws perfect game

PALESTINE —

Perfect games don’t happen too often in baseball or softball, but when they do, a team hopes to be on the winning end of it.

 

Cayuga did just that as it had pitcher Kimberly Hughes strike out all nine batters she faced in the Ladycats' 15-0 win against Trinidad after run-ruling them in the third inning.

 

Cayuga coach Magen Humphreys said after the game that she was impressed with Hughes’ performance on Wednesday afternoon, but expected it from her pitcher.

 

“Her pitching performance has been solid all year long,” Humphreys said. “She’s dependable all of the time. It’s not one day to the next, she’s dependable all of the time. And, I feel like that’s the way it’s going to be with her for the rest of the season.”

 

Cayuga’s offense got going as well in the game, starting off in the first inning.

 

The Ladycats were able to put three on the board early, which Humphreys said helped give them the spark they needed for the rest of the match.

 

“We played with a lot of confidence,” Humphreys said. “That’s one thing that we’ve been lacking, but I saw that confidence today, and I really liked that about our team.”

 

The offense wouldn’t stop in the first inning as the Ladycats came out in the second inning and tallied six more runs.

 

The offense kept clicking in the third as well as the Ladycats tacked on six more runs to finish off the game with a 15-0 victory.

 

Humphreys said ever since the 7-6 loss against Cross Roads, the Ladycats have put an emphasis on making plays and getting wins.

 

“We’ve been working really hard since that loss against Cross Roads to not make any more errors and have those bad innings,” Humphreys said. “That’s what we’ve really been working on, and it definitely showed out there today.”

 

Cayuga had strong performances from everyone on offense. Macie Croft went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored, Megan Hodge went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs scored and Hughes went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored including a home run to bring the score to 10-0 in the third.

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