The Ottumwa Courier


July 2, 2014

Deao's perfect game starts Trojan sweep

ELDON — Ally Deao threw the first perfect game of her career in the first game of the doubleheader between seventh-ranked (4A) Fairfield and Cardinal in softball action Tuesday night in Eldon. The Trojans won the opener, 11-0 in five innings, and used another shutout pitching performance by Haley Beard in game two to down the Comets 13-0 in four innings.

Kennedy Waugh got the first of her three game-one hits with one out in the first. Karly Williams picked up the first of her three game-one hits one out later. Waugh would score on a Cardinal error.

Neither team scored in the second, leaving the Fairfield lead at 1-0 heading to the third. The Trojan then had 14 hitters contribute to the nine-run inning that would put any doubt about game one away.

After the first Trojan hitter of the inning was retired short to first, the next eight hitters reached base. In the run, Waugh and Williams each had their second hits.

The first big hit in the inning was a two-run double by Marissa Repp. Waugh's third hit, a two-out single, also drove in two runs.

Waugh reached base four times, scored four times and had two RBIs to go along with her three hits.

"I think my getting on base has been OK, but this was a good hitting game for me," said Waugh. "It feels like it will help me break out of kind of a slump I've been in.”

Deao, using a high percentage of first-pitch strikes and a good change-up, breezed through the third and fourth.

“This is the first perfect game of my career," said Deao. "That first-pitch strike lets me stay ahead in the count and my change-up was better because I could work from ahead.”

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