In a mercy-rule shortened five-inning contest, the Colts sent 15 batters to the plate and Sertic retired all 15 in order to record a perfect game. With Sertic dealing from the circle, including eight strikeouts, the Blue and Gold eased its way to a 12-0 victory.
“She’s been throwing well, so there was no reason not to believe she wouldn’t pitch well again today, and she did,” Reed coach Jon Wunder said. “She missed some spots early, but once the third, fourth, fifth inning came on she was doing a really good job of hitting her spots. Her change-up was doing well and we continued to give her some run support.”
When asked about the perfecto after the game, a still beaming Sertic gave a nonchalant “Oh, yeah.”
To start the contest, Reed (12-2-2, 7-0) jumped out to a large lead as it rattled off six runs in its first trip to the dish.
After a strikeout began the top half of the first, Reed strung together five straight singles. Marriah Levesque reached base first, followed by Mary Dettling. Mackenzie Goins then singled into center field to bring both home for a 2-0 edge. Singles from Lindsay Yearman and Megan Dettling then loaded the bases, where a fielder’s choice off the bat of Tyler Sumpter scored Goins and left everyone safe.
With the bases still juiced, Britni Greninger sent a fly ball to right field where an error allowed Yearman and Megan Dettling to score, while Greninger was thrown out at second. Kiara Shirley then rounded out the scoring with a single into left field to plate Sumpter for a 6-0 lead.
Wunder said the Raiders’ hot start with their bats also aided Sertic in the circle.
“I think what helped is that we came out and scored six runs in the first inning,” he said. “Anytime you can take that pressure off your pitcher by giving her a cushion early. I think it allowed her to relax and kind of put Wooster on its heels.”
Sertic agreed with her coach.
“It gave me some adrenaline,” Sertic said of the Raiders’ early lead. “I was just throwing and I knew that my team would have my back if anything happened. I knew I could make a mistake and they would still be there to help me out and they were backing me up.”
With a six-run advantage under her belt, Sertic went to work from the circle as she cut through the Wooster lineup with some help from her defense.
Sertic struck out a pair in both the first and second innings before adding another K in the bottom of the third. In the fourth, Sertic faced the biggest threat to her perfect game.
After inducing a groundout and adding another strikeout to start the frame, Sertic threw three straight balls to the third batter of the inning. The 3-0 count did little to thwart Sertic though as she roared back with three straight strikes to end the inning.
A pair of groundouts and one more strikeout then completed the perfect game in the fifth.
Reed added a trio of runs in the top of the second inning, as well as in the fourth.
In the second frame, Mary Dettling led off with a double followed by a single down the left-field line by Goins. A bunt-single by Yearman scored Mary Dettling. Megan Dettling then roped a double into left field to score Goins and Yearman, extending the RHS lead to 9-0.
Greninger, Sertic and Mary Dettling all tallied an RBI in the fourth. Goins led the effort with a 3-for-3 day and two RBI. Megan Dettling went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI, while Levesque and Mary Dettling both were 2-for-4.
Wunder said the Raiders' performance at the plate may have been thanks in part to some batting contests Reed utilized in practice.
“We tend to hit the ball up, so we mixed it up the other day with some hitting games that challenged them to take the ball to different parts of the field and to hit the ball down,” he said. “If they hit it up, points were taken away and if they hit it down and to a specific part of the field, they got points. I don’t know if that worked or not, but today we had some good, hard line drives and ground balls and really kept the ball out of the air.”
Reed will now have a week off before it returns to the diamond April 12 to host its annual spring break tournament.