Discovery Canyon’s Kacee Schroeder had already given up seven runs, and her pitch count climbed north of 80 in the final inning of Tuesday’s game against Cheyenne Mountain.
Her coach Tanya Ramsay couldn’t have had more faith in her pitcher, as the Thunder closed-out the Indians 11-7.
Schroeder threw a 91-pitch complete game, and gave up seven runs on ten hits.
“For a pitcher you think giving up seven runs – wow! – but she did a great job,” Ramsay said. “She was mentally tough and as the game went on she got stronger.”
ï¿½ The junior pitcher gave up all her runs in the first four innings. Cheyenne Mountain sprinted through their lineup in the first, as they scored four runs on five hits. Schroeder then surrendered single runs in the next three frames.
That’s when No. 20 reared back, and threw blanks to close the game.
“My defense was behind me 100 percent,” Schroeder said. “I knew going in they were a good hitting team so I trusted my defense.”
She trusted her offense as well.
The Thunder scored 11 runs on nine hits. And McKenzie Surface went 2-for-3 with solo home run and three RBIs.
Discovery Canyon’s hitters had to come back three times in the first three innings. They mirrored the Indians four-run first. Then their bats swung back from a 5-4 deficit in the second and rallied back from a 6-5 Indians lead in the third.
But it was a Cheyenne Mountain error that finally put the Thunder up for good.
Tied at 7 in the bottom of the fourth, Discovery Canyon’s Taryn Arcarese found herself on first after an error on the shortstop. Then, Caroline Townsend hit a deep fly to left field that was misplayed by Tiffany Medina. She then threw to her cutoff Bridget Gleason, who then air-mailed it over the third baseman’s head.
Arcarese and Townsend both scored.
“We made some errors today that we usually don’t make,” Indians coach Mike Simon said. “If you have one or two errors against a team like this, you could get you beat just like that.”
Cheyenne Mountain committed eight errors.