SPRING MILLS – Just a few days ago, Amanda Orkoskey and the Patriots faced their first loss. That afternoon Orkoskey relayed that, “It’s time to move on, fix a few things, and start that win streak back over.”
Apparently, Washington fixed those mistakes because they started the winning streak once more with a 23-0 shut out over Spring Mills on the Cardinals’ own field. To add insult to injury, Hannah Ruffner pitched a seven-strikeout no-hitter in the three inning game.
The Patriots put seven runs on the board in the first inning, starting with a score off of Kylie Condon’s grounder. The run would count as one as Condon’s three RBI on the night. The first inning drive ended with a single by Mackenzie Myers, bringing in Sophie Crowder.
Crowder followed up the big inning by picking up a grand slam on a 3-2 count, putting four runs on the board in the top of the second and pushing the lead to 12-0. Myers followed Crowder with a triple two batters later, and Madison Carlisle capped the seven-run inning with a sac bunt to bring Myers home.
The Patriots bested their first two innings with a final nine-run half – starting with three back-to-back scoring singles, followed by a two-run double by Carlisle and one-run triple by Condon. Jordyn Brown would put the final run on the board with a grounder to second base, reaching first on error while allowing Taylor Cenate to score.
Ruffner closed the game with three straight strikeouts, mimicking the bottom of the second.
Jordan Grimes picked up the loss for Spring Mills, allowing five earned runs and three walks while striking out just two.
“I’m proud of our girls for the way they came back out tonight and played our game,” Orkoskey said. “They were patient, communicating and executing the fundamentals the way I know they can. Everyone up and down the line up produced at one time or another either at the plate or in the field. They did a great job picking each other up and controlling what we could control-ourselves.”
“Hannah and Mackenzie did a great job in the field tonight – Hannah was hitting the spots Mac was calling and she kept the ball moving well. It was a great team win that took all 13 players.”
The Patriots have a decent break before they host Jefferson on Friday. It’s their final game of the regular season before they have a slight break prior to hosting the Section 2 tourney. Currently, the Patriots are undefeated (3-0) in sectional play.