Despite a tremendously windy afternoon, when any ball hit in the air could be an adventure, EP pitcher Aylah Jones took the wind out of the equation as for the second time this season she threw a perfect game as the Panthers got a 16-0 win over Monmouth-Roseville in four innings. She also notched a perfect game against Orion ten days ago.
Jones was dominating in the first home game of the season keeping the M-R bats off the ball as the Titans put the ball in play three times, all grounders to the infield. The junior struck out 9 of the 12 batters she faced.
The Panther offense had no problems supporting their pitcher as they plated 5 runs in the first, 8 in the 2nd and 3 more in the 3rd.
Emma Davis had 3 hits including a triple for EP, collecting 4 RBIs, and scoring 3 times. Jaden Johnson had a double and drove in 3. The Panthers also collected 7 walks and stole 3 bases.
Jones, said she was unaware of the perfect game opportunity until the bottom of the third saying, “I suddenly realized that no one had gotten on base.” She promptly retired the next three hitters ending the game fielding a comebacker to notch the gem. The junior was complimentary of her defense, “I have a really good defense behind me. They make me feel very comfortable out there.”
Coach Kerrie McDonnell was excited by both Jones’s and the team’s effort. “We came out from the get go an put up 5 runs and the girls were working really hard.”
The numerous cancellations have not allowed the team to get into any type of rhythm according to the coach. “It has been a very strange season. No one likes to practice all the time but they don’t seemed bothered by it. They always work very hard. We have practiced in snow, sleet, rain, and cold but that is part of softball.”
McDonnell added that the next week is going to be very challenging as the team has five games in six days starting with Fulton on Monday and includes a home and home series with the very tough Sherrard Tigers.
EP sports a 4-1 mark and is 3-0 in TRAC play.