Katie Schroeder never dreamed she would pitch so well in her first varsity start.
The Camas High School sophomore didn’t give up a hit to Washougal in the five innings it took for the Papermakers to beat the Panthers 12-0. She also racked up 11 strikeouts. She was only two walks and a hit batter away from throwing a perfect game.
“To get my first varsity start was such an awesome feeling. This is something I’ve worked hard for my entire life, and now it’s finally happening,” Schroeder said. “I didn’t even know I was throwing a no-hitter until the end of the game. It was such a surprise to me. It was not that I did so well, but that the whole team did so well.”
Schroeder credited the Camas defense for keeping Washougal out of the hit column. One of her pitches got drilled into the gap, but center fielder Tori O’Neil chased it down. O’Neil also drove in three runs at the plate.
“Thank goodness she caught that. I had to repay her in some way,” Schroeder said. “It relights a fire in you that started to go out when she hit that ball hard.”
Amee Aarhus and Hannah Welborn each knocked in two runs for the Papermakers. Schroeder helped her own cause at the plate with an RBI. Camas scored four runs in the fourth inning and five runs in the fifth to bring the game to a close.