Mimken perfect as Cadets blank Caldwell
BEVERLY – Fort Frye senior pitcher Victoria Mimken tossed a six inning perfect game against Caldwell Wednesday in Beverly as the Cadets mercied the Redskins 10-0.
Mimken also punched out 12 Redskin batters and went 1 for 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.”
“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 advanced all the way to third on wild pitches and scored 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 Mimken recorded three strikeouts 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 went all the way around the diamond on wild pitches to score. Huck later drove 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.