Orr throws a no-hitter, Puck softball and baseball win their first innings
Posted on Friday, March 3, 2023 at 3:58 pm
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After three pitches outside the strike zone in front of Edenton Holmes’ leadoff hitter, Washington sophomore Emma Orr found her rhythm. It was bad news for the Aces as left-hander Pam Peck pitched her third career no-hitter in a 6-0 opening night win.
Orr struck out 10, walked three and walked a batter in a walk that wasn’t supposed to last seven innings, according to coach Brad Horton.
“We were going to let our other pitchers work, but the no-hitter took care of that,” Horton said. “I felt I had to leave her until she gave up the punch, which she didn’t. We’re working with her to be more efficient and not do as many 3-2s as she did last year. She threw 108 shots, which is still a little high, but she threw very well. Despite all her success, she is still learning and developing confidence in her game delivery. She’s comfortable going away from me when she knows a different pitch will be better in any situation.”
The Pack scored in the first inning, then Orr helped herself with a three-run home run in the third.
Leadoff hitter Ava Mizell had three hits, while Addison Miller, Peyton Youmans and Micah Lilly each had two hits.
The Pack completes a trip to the 2A state championship final and an undefeated regular season. Despite graduating four senior starters, the 2023 team must deal with high expectations.
“The girls have been hearing from everyone all summer about how this season is. He has to go,” Horton said. “We try to focus on improving every game because it’s a different group. We are talented, but there will be a learning curve and our schedule is challenging by design. I think the girls were excited to get started, get the win and move on to the next opportunity.”
Meanwhile, just above the softball field, the WHS baseball team posted a 9-5 victory over Edenton Holmes in its first home game since a 12-1 loss to JH Rose to open the season.
The Pack exploded for seven runs in the sixth inning to erase a 5-2 deficit and give head coach Will Tyson his first varsity victory.
“I told them to be more aggressive and they listened,” Tyson said. “Good things happened when we attacked the baseball instead of hitting bad numbers. It was a solid win for us and it took time to relax after the game.”
Bryce Williams and Hunter Baldrey both had two-run doubles in the sixth inning, and Williams went 3-4 on the night to get the win pitching two scoreless innings.
Connor Edwards, last year’s Eastern Plains Conference Player of the Year, went 2-3 and scored a run.