Katie Schroeder was perfect Wednesday.
The Camas High School sophomore struck out 14 of the 21 Union Titans she faced. She allowed zero hits and no runners reached first base. The Papermakers won the game 9-0.
“It’s the best feeling to know you have total control and the people behind you to back you up,” Schroeder said.
Schroeder and catcher Erin Tauscher were in sync on the mound and behind the plate. The Camas defense also kept the Titans off the base paths.
A Union batter nailed the ball into the gap, but Hannah Welborn ran it down in the outfield to take away a potential hit. Another Titan hit a frozen rope down the left field line and over the fence, but the umpire called it a foul ball. That batter ended up hitting the ball back to Schroeder, and she threw her out at first.
Tauscher caught a pop up in foul territory, while fighting with the back stop. Harli Hubbard saved a potential error on a throw to first base. She leaped up to catch the ball and got back to the bag in time for the out.
Schroeder fielded a grounder for the first out in the seventh inning. She then picked up her 14th strikeout. The last batter for Union hit a line drive to right field. Rio Smith made the catch on the run in for the third and final out of the game.
“A perfect game is a testament to your pitcher hitting her spots and not walking anybody,” said head coach Ken Nidick. “The no-hitter is a testament to your defense not making any mistakes.”
Camas (11-3 overall, 7-0 in league) hosts Wilson, of Portland, Ore., Thursday and Evergreen Friday. Both games begin at 4 p.m.
Read more in the May 7 print edition of the Post-Record.
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