GRANDVIEW — The Grandview Lady Zebras out-scored Maypearl 21-0 in a doubleheader Tuesday to wrap up the District 9-3A championship.
Knowing two wins against the rival Lady Panthers would secure the district title, the Lady Zebras left no doubt with wins of 6-0 and 15-0 to improve to 6-0 in District 9-3A play.
“I am very proud of the way these girls step up when it’s time to get into ‘game mode,’” Grandview Coach Ron Holton said. “They know how and when to press that ‘go’ button and when the big games are on the line, they always seem to come through in clutch moments. We have set some high goals for us this year as a team and we are just a few games away from accomplishing all of those.”
With the two shutout wins over Maypearl, the Lady Zebras have still not allowed a run in district play. Grandview has out-scored its six opponents by a combined 92-0. The 6-0 win in game 1 Tuesday against Maypearl was the only district contest that hasn’t been a run-rule win for Grandview. But the Lady Zebras’ dominance in district goes even beyond those numbers.
“I didn’t know this until after the game and our stats guy told us that we have only given up three base hits in six district ball games, nobody has reached third base, we have five no-hitters and two perfect games,” Holton said. “That is very impressive within itself.”
Holton said the Lady Zebras were determined to keep that shutout streak going into Tuesday’s doubleheader by continuing to pitch well and play solid defense.
“The score is exactly what these girls wanted to do in this doubleheader and having two zeros on that board at the end of the night is exactly what they wanted to accomplish,” Holton said. “Our pitchers just keep getting better and better each and every game. It’s nice when you have two pitchers that throw 59-60 mph and both are totally opposite on what they throw. So that makes it difficult to get a good reading on either of the girls on the mound.
“Our defense knows that as long as we do our job on the offensive side of the game and provide a little bit of cushion for our pitchers, the defense will always have their back. It took a few months to gather that intel for the girls, but they are now starting to see the writing on the wall.
In the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader, Grandview sophomore pitcher Caydin Blackmon tossed a complete-game shutout with only four hits allowed with 13 strikeouts.
The Lady Zebras scored one run in the second and fourth innings and two runs in the third and sixth innings. While Blackmon was holding Maypearl to only four base hits, Grandview’s bats pounded out 14 base hits.
Faith Goodgion led the way with a 3-for-4, two-RBI day that included a triple while Jada Hudson was 3-for-4 with a run. Blackmon went 2-for-3 with a walk and London Cooper was 2-for-4 with two runs and one RBI.
In the second game, Goodgion threw a no-hitter with three walks and 11 strikeouts in the five-inning complete-game outing.
Grandview, which improved to 26-4 overall, scored a run in every inning, highlighted by a grand slam from Cooper in the fifth. Goodgion and Macey Barton each went 2-for-4 at the plate with two runs and one RBI. Bella Jeter went 1-for-1 and hit a triple in a pinch-hit at-bat.
Grandview is scheduled to visit Keene at 5 p.m. on April 13.
“After our last round of district vs. Keene next week, we have three warmup games scheduled that should help prepare us for the very, very tough playoff run we might have this year,” Holton said. “Region II is loaded with talent.
“The more we become a team and we can trust the girls on the field to do their job and the hitters before us and after us to do their job and keep up the intensity in the dugouts, then all the blocks should be in place to make a really nice deep run this year in the playoffs. It’s all about confidence and these are playing with extreme confidence right now. I can’t wait to see what they do in the playoffs, it should be fun.”