Perfect game: Fort’s Mimken fans 12 in 10-0 win over Caldwell
BEVERLY – Fort Frye senior pitcher Victoria Mimken tossed a six inning perfect game against Caldwell Wednesday in Beverly as the Lady Cadets mercied the Lady Redskins 10-0.
Mimken also punched out 12 Redskin batters and went 1-3 at the plate in the contest.
“I think the whole team did a good job being behind me and everything,” Mimken said. “It wasn’t just me. Natalie (Smith) did a great job calling the pitches and everything. The team just came together and brought their bats out today. I’m really happy about it because softball is a team sport and I think we have a tight-knit family.”
Fort Frye head coach Barb Sleek said the team performed to its expectations.
“We kind of hoped it would be a lopsided game,” Sleek said. “They’re (Caldwell) rebuilding. Tori (Mimken) is a pretty experienced pitcher.
“Anytime you get a pitcher going and she’s, now I guess I can say it, you’ve got a perfect game going, you never take her out. She earned that. She works hard for that, so that’s why we stayed that way.”
Mimken is an All-Ohio honoree and has picked up right where she left off in previous years, including Wednesday versus Caldwell.
“Natalie and I were just doing our thing,” Mimken said. “She called a lot of curve balls and rise balls. We were just doing our thing. We were just acting like it was practice and not trying to think about what was going on.”
After Mimken struck out the side in the opening frame, the Cadets put up a three-spot in the bottom half of the first.
Senior Courtney Hendershot led off the inning by reaching base on an error. Hendershot would advance all the way to third on wild pitches and would score on junior Courtney Allen’s groundout to short. After senior Lexi Huck reached on an infield single, junior Hali Lemasters tripled to left field to drive Huck in. Lemasters then crossed the plate on junior Natalie Smith’s infield single to short to put Fort Frye up 3-0 after one.
After Mimken recorded three strikeouts yet again in the top of the second, the Cadets tacked on another run in the bottom of the second.
With senior Morgan Liedtke at third base and two outs, Allen singled up the middle to bring her home and make it a four run Fort Frye advantage.
Later in the bottom of the fourth, senior Abby Baker drew a walk and would go all the way around the diamond on wild pitches to score.
Huck would later drive in a run on a groundout followed by back-to-back doubles by Lemasters and Smith to make it 7-0.
While Mimken breezed through the Caldwell order in the fifth and sixth innings, the Cadets sent three more runners across the plate to make the score 10-0 and force the mercy rule.
“It was a little slow offensively for us,” Sleek said. “Kind of came alive there and put some things together. Their pitcher got tired a little bit I thought. A few more walks. I know that they’re rebuilding and that’s still a good score to beat Caldwell by.”
Fort Frye now hosts Parkersburg South at 5 p.m. Friday.
“That will be a very good battle for us,” Sleek said. “A very good challenge. We’re probably the underdogs there, so it will be interesting to see if our girls can step up and make that play.”
Caldwell will look to pick up its first win of the season at home against Rosecrans today at 5 p.m.
Fort Frye 8, Caldwell 6
The Fort Frye High baseball team topped the Caldwell Redskins 8-6 in Beverly Wednesday night.
With the game tied at 1-1, the Cadets put up six runs in the bottom of the third inning to blow the game open. Colton Shuster was 1-for-3 with a pair of runs batted in and a run scored in the contest. Casey Hall, Caden Brooker, Brad Martin, Dylan Bowman and Issac Klinger all had basehits for the Sonny Bidwell-coached Cadets.
Hall, Martin and Bowman, along with Spencer Lang and Derek Layton, all drove in a run.
Caldwell got four runs in the final two innings to make it close, but couldn’t quite get over the hump.
Tanner Clark went 2-4 with two runs scored while Tyler Willey was 3-3 with an RBI and run scored.
Nick Roberts also had a pair of base hits in the losing effort.
Brooker picked up the victory on the mound, going five innings and giving up four runs (three earned) and striking out four.
Kyler McElfresh lasted just 2.2 innings, surrendering seven runs (five earned) and walking three to take the loss for the Redskins.
Fort Frye is back in action today when it hosts Monroe Central at 5 p.m. Caldwell also plays at home today at 5 p.m. against Bellarie St. Johns.