Sehome freshman Megan Hall hit a home run in her first high school softball game, but her month-long wait for her first pitching victory could not have been more rewarding.
In her third start for the Mariners (9-1 overall, 4-0 Northwest Conference), Hall did not let a two-run first-inning homer by Bellingham all-league pitcher Eliza Rossman (6-2) shake her confidence.
“I just knew I had to trust myself and my catcher,” said Hall (1-1), who was rewarded with a thrilling 4-3 NWC win in a match-up of district tournament contenders at Bellingham on Wednesday, April 13.
With catcher Natalie Zender managing a sharp game, Hall struck out 11, walked two, scattered six hits and received superb defensive help to subdue the Red Raiders (6-2, 3-1). Rossman pitched a five-hit gem while limiting the Mariners’ imposing young lineup to fewer than 10 runs for only the second game.
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Hall, one of three capable Sehome pitchers, lost her team’s only other low-scoring game, a 2-1 setback to Lynden Christian.
“That pitcher (Rossman, who hit her fourth home run) is pretty darned good,” said Sehome coach Jim Emerson, whose team has won seven consecutive games even though the Mariners have no seniors. “I can’t be more proud of what she (Hall) has done for our team.”
Sehome’s identical sophomore twins, Tori and Carissa McDowell, combined to tie the game 2-2 in the third inning on Tori single’s and stolen base and Carissa’s RBI single. Hall then gave Sehome the lead for good at 3-2 with a two-out single to score Carissa.
Lauren Dodge drove in Sehome’s other two runs, the second with a single in the fourth for a 4-2 advantage.
The Red Raiders did not go down easily, however. They pulled within 4-3 in the fifth inning on consecutive doubles by No. 9 hitter Cam Eherenfieldt and Lindsay Richard, whose blast hit the center-field fence.
Hall, however, coaxed an inning-ending grounder on which third baseman Carissa McDowell made a fine stop of a shot by Paige Jacobson, whose first-inning hit set up Rossman’s homer. McDowell alertly threw to shortstop Dodge, covering third, to end the rally.