Junior high softball
Makayla Metz has gotten off to a pitching start that Cy Young winners could only dream of accomplishing. The Pontiac Junior High hurler fired her second no-hitter in three games as she shut out Woodland 13-0 Wednesday afternoon at the Rec-Plex.
The difference in this no-no from the first two games ago was the perfect effort in this one. Metz struck out 10 of the 15 batters she faced, allowed no walks and induced five groundouts as no balls reached the outfield grass.
When it came to run support, there was no shortage as the Warriors scored early and kept the pressure on. Cadence Helms drew a bases-loaded walk to force in the first run of a three-run first. A walk and a base hit drove in the other two markers.
Metz started a nine-run second inning with a leadoff double. Helms tripled and Metz later stroked a three-run two-bagger as the lead reached 11-0. Riley Foster singled in Maggie Stadler, the courtesy runner for Metz, that made it 12-0.
Adriann Sutton singled in Olivia Lindsay for the final PJHS run of the game.
Metz had two doubles and drove in three runs for the Warriors (3-0). Helms had a triple and two RBIs and Foster, Mackenzie Coates, Aubrey Shepherd and Sutton each had a hit and RBI.
Woodland scored in each of the three innings it batted for a 7-2 win over Pontiac in the “B” game. PJHS got its two runs in the bottom of the final frame.
Stadler and Shepherd each singled for Pontiac. They shared pitching duties, as well. Stadler took the loss and each recorded two strikeouts.