To say that Sydnee Eck was dominant would be a gross understatement.
The standout Andale (Kan.)
softball pitcher struck out the first 18 batters and 21 of the 22 she faced Monday during a 7-0 victory over Buhler (Kan.). The only batter to reach base against the Kansas All-State player received life when the catcher missed a third strike. One batter did hit the ball in the infield, but Eck threw her out easily.
Oh, yes, she can hit, too, because she slammed two solo home runs in the game. Then she belted a two-run shot in the nightcap to help Andale sweep the twinbill.
* Hamilton (N.Y.)
freshman Becca Rogers
pitched a one-hitter and struck out a career-high 19 during a 10-0 victory Monday against Waterville (N.Y.).
However, the young perfectionist was not happy, according to the Syracuse Post-Standard, because she walked two batters. She also was unhappy over a changeup that resulted in the only Waterville hit. An All-State pick as an eighth-grader, Rogers has struck out 54, allowed six hits and two runs while posting a 4-0 record, which includes three shutouts.
* In baseball, senior righthander David Cherry pitched a no-hitter Monday as Pomperaug (Southbury, Conn.)
blanked Immaculate (Danbury, Conn.) 8-0. Cherry, who was a JV pitcher last year, struck out eight of the first 10 batters he faced. As tensions grew in the final inning he struck out the first two batters, yielded his third walk, then struck out the final batter to finish the game with 15 strikeouts.