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Tori Niemann Pitches Perfect Game At Brashear
By David Sharp
Canton senior Tori Niemann pitched a rare seven inning perfect game at Brashear (4-2) on Thursday, September 11. Canton (6-3) scored three runs in the third inning and tacked on six more in the fifth off losing hurler Kristen Love.
Macy Rogers pitched the first two innings. Rogers allowed two hits with a hit batsman and no strikeouts. Brashear catcher Abby McKim nailed Tori Niemann attempting to steal second base in the first inning. Niemann ended the game with three hits in four at bats with two runs scored.
Tori Niemann, Jamie Janney, Kristen Caldwell and Jessie Logsdon stroked consecutive hits for Canton in their three run third inning. Caldwell’s hit was an RBI double.
Seven Canton batters collected hits during the visiting Lady Tigers’ six run fifth inning. Abby McKim gunned down Shelby Majors stealing for the first out after Majors led off the fifth frame with a single. Kristen Love ended the inning with a strikeout, leaving a Canton runner on second base.
Kristen Love pitched out of a bases loaded jam in the Canton sixth inning with no runs scored. Love finished with three strikeouts in five innings pitched and took the pitching defeat.
“I wasn’t unhappy with the way we played, we just couldn’t hit the ball,” said Brashear coach Breanne Cameron. “Our defense was good. Canton is a good team and they hit the ball well. (Tori Niemann) pitched a great game.”
All Tri-County Conference catcher Abby McKim put the ball in play with two out in the Brashear seventh inning. Canton shortstop Kristen Caldwell fired to first baseman Lindsey Lillard for the final out, sealing the perfect game win.
Canton scored nine runs on 14 hits. Tori Niemann struck out 11 batters for Canton. Jamie Janney was 3-5 at bat with two Canton runs scored. Eight of the nine Canton position players had at least one hit during the game.