Dudek tosses perfect game in PCHS's 21-0 rout of Cobden

Pinckneyville's Daisy Dudek improved to 3-0 on the year by tossing a perfect game against Cobden last Thursday at home. (Doug Daniels Photo)

By Doug Daniels

1351sports.com / pinckneyvillesports.com

March 24, 2018

  (Pinckneyville, Ill.) - In their first action since last Saturday, Pinckneyville looked like they hadn't missed a beat when they took on Cobden Thursday afternoon at home. The Lady Panthers piled on 21 runs and got a perfect game in the pitching circle from Daisy Dudek in their five-inning shutout of the Appleknockers.
  "We came out and did what we needed to do," said PCHS head coach Alan Engelhardt. "We have more talent than them right now. Obviously it starts with Daisy in the circle, she's been great through three games. They were off-balance. Tremendous job throwing the ball. When she's able to throw her off-speed in any count, that creates headaches for the other team, so I thought she did a great job of that."
  "Defensively behind her, they didn't really hit anything hard, but we made the plays on the routine balls, and that's what we want. You don't have to make fabulous plays, but you darn well better make the routine plays and we did that today."
  Dudek allowed no hits, no walks, and struck out five in her five innings of work. She was also 3-for-4 at the plate with a double and a walk.
  Taylor Witges (2-2, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2B, BB), Mariah Clark (1-3, R, 3 RBI, HR), Josie Gleason (1-2, RBI, BB), Hallie Waggoner (1-1, RBI), Kylee Kling (1-2, R), Aubrey Bruns (1-2, RBI), Emma Banach (1-2, R, RBI), Hannah Dascotte (2-3, 2 R, RBI, 2B), Lauren Jackson (3-3, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Megan Mayo (1-2, 2 R, RBI, BB) all hit safely for the Lady Panthers.
Jackson didn't start, but still managed to get three hits and drive in a pair of runs after PCHS had taken control of the game through two innings.
  "I think (Jackson) was 4-for-4 coming into today," Engelhardt said. "We have some kids who can play, and we're trying to rotate. The plan was, if it was a tight game, we were going to work her into two at-bats today. We've got so many kids who play the same position in the field, sometimes it's tough. We're trying to work a lot of those kids who came in into getting some swings, so it was good to get them some today."
  Since losing to Breese Mater Dei a week ago, Pinckneyville has won their two most recent games by a combined score of 37-0.
  "I thought we bounced back really well the first inning against Red Bud, scored 14," Engelhardt said. "I had to chew them out a little bit today before the game, we were dragging around, we hadn't played since Saturday, so we were kind of out of our rhythm. They responded, and that's what you want, a veteran team to respond and do the right things."

(Photos by Doug Daniels / PinckneyvilleSports.com)

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