Danville 8th-grader hits homer, allows no hits against Mercer

May 05, 2004|JILL ERWIN

Chelsea Wallace knew she'd had a good game. She just didn't know how good.

The Danville eighth-grade pitcher knew she hit her first career home run, had three hits, knocked in five runs and scored twice. What Wallace didn't realize was she had also thrown three perfect innings before being taken out in the Admirals' 15-0 win over Mercer County in four innings here Tuesday.

"I didn't realize it until after the game when my teammates told me I had a no-hitter," Wallace said.

Sarah Vonderbrink came in and pitched the fourth inning, giving up one single.

By then, Wallace had already had plenty of success. Wallace smacked the second pitch she saw over the left-field fence for a three-run home run, giving Danville a 4-0 lead.

"She's hit some shots this year," Danville coach Jerry Perry said. "As long as you realize you hit it out because you got a good rip behind it and not because of how you swung, you'll be OK. You just can't let it affect your swing."


"I thought it was just going to be a little put-back to the third baseman when I swung," Wallace said. "I'm very pleased, and I'm really proud of my teammates. They all got very good hits too."

First 10 batters reached base for Admirals

That they did. Danville had no problems getting on base in the first inning. The first 10 batters reached safely, the first eight scoring, before the 11th batter hit into an inning-ending triple play.

In addition to Wallace's three-run homer, Liz Ruth had a two-run double and Monica Vonderbrink, Kelly Embree and Jerrica Potts each drove in a run.

"That's a typical first inning for us," Mercer coach Kristal McGinnis said. "We need a pitcher that's going to come out strong in the beginning of the game, and neither of them have really been able to do that for us yet."

Brittany Martt started the game and pitched to the first eight batters. She gave up eight runs on three hits, three walks and a hit batsman. She was replaced by Michelle Wilham, who gave up Ruth's double and Potts' single.

Ruth was on third and Potts on second when Renee Chiu lined a shot to Marci Wilham at shortstop. Wilham caught the ball near the ground and threw to Danni Yeager at second to catch Potts. Ruth had already crossed home plate and couldn't get back before Yeager threw to Elaine Clark for the third out.

Ashford's single breaks up no-hitter

Danville never needed to make a triple play, because it took Mercer 12 batters to get on base. Vonderbrink retired the first two batters she faced, then gave up a line single to Erin Ashford. Ashford stole second and third, but was stranded there when Martt struck out to end the game.

"I don't know what happened," McGinnis said. "We beat Burgin 16-15 after being down 15-0, and we did it with offense. I don't know what happened to our offensive game since then. We had batting practice for two hours yesterday but it didn't help."

Wallace struck out five of the nine batters she faced, and never had more than two balls on any batter. Only one ball left the infield.

"She's pitching well," Perry said. "She knows she needs to develop other pitches. The more pitches she develops, the better pitcher she'll be."

Danville was led by Potts and Monica Vonderbrink, who each reached base four times. Monica Vonderbrink had three RBIs, including the game-ending bases-loaded single that plated two runs.

The Admirals left just three runners stranded, a big improvement for Perry.

"We played the way we have been, we just didn't leave as many people on base," Perry said. "We hit the ball hard, but they also made a couple errors. The difference was we didn't leave as many on base."

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