Young Wildcats building confidence | Softball

Archbishop Murphy freshman pitcher throws a no-hitter
By David Pan | Apr 21, 2017
Photo by: David Pan Archbishop Murphy’s Lexie Klaudt rounds third base on her way to home plate during a Cascade Conference game against Granite Falls.

The Archbishop Murphy softball team headed into spring break with a pair of victories.

Freshman pitcher Brooke Jordan pitched a no-hitter to lead the Wildcats to a 2-1 victory over South Whidbey in a Cascade Conference game on Thursday, April 13. Two errors led to the Falcons’ lone run. Archbishop Murphy pounded Sultan 17-3 two days earlier with Jordan again pitching a complete game.

“For a freshman, she’s really starting to come to understand that she has the ability to pitch well and pitch well in every game,” Archbishop Murphy coach Jeff Latta said. “She’s really progressing as the season moves on. She’s spotting her pitches well. Her change up really keeps them off-balance.”

South Whidbey’s  Mackenzee Collins limited the Wildcats to only three hits. Senior Mackenzie Treece had a hand in both of Archbishop Murphy’s runs in the first inning. Treece smacked a double to center field to drive in a run and later scored on a passed ball.

Earlier in the week, the entire Wildcat lineup produced 17 hits against the Turks.

“That was really a complete game,” Latta said.

Lexie Klaudt was 4-for-4 with three runs and two RBI and Isabella Balderrama was 3-for-4 with three RBI. Mary Grossenbacher was 2-for-4 with a triple. Jordan allowed two hits and struck out 12 in a 6-inning complete game effort.

“The defense played a pretty solid all-round game,” Latta added.

The Wildcats (3-4 in the league 6-6 overall), who were missing five players due to spring break, lost 18-12 to Cedar Park Christian – Bothell on Tuesday, April 18.

The loss dropped Archbishop Murphy into fourth place in the league, third among the 2A teams.

With nine freshmen and sophomores, including pitcher Jordan and freshman catcher Lily Wiesel, the Wildcats came into the season without any expectations, except to be competitive.

“I’m pleased with where were sitting,” Latta said. “The young kids are really starting to progress and have more confidence in themselves. The freshmen have stepped up. They’ve really grown as players. We’re building confidence in each game that passes.”

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