May 8, 2012
Mikayla Cooper, who tossed a no-hitter to help Hayes capture a share of the OCC-Capital Division championship last week, followed the near-perfect performance with another equally impressive one, leading the Pacers to a 12-0 Division I sectional semifinal win over Watkins Memorial Tuesday in Delaware.
The game was originally slated for Monday, but the teams managed just three innings before rain suspended the action with the Pacers (21-4) up 8-0. When they resumed Tuesday, it took just 30 minutes for Hayes to polish off the win. Cooper was unhittable in the pitcher’s circle, tossing five innings of no-hit ball over the two days. She struck out 11 and was just three walks away from a perfect game.
From the plate, she got the team rolling in the second by hammering a two-run homer to give Hayes an early 4-0 advantage.
The Pacers then added six runs in the third and two in the fourth to evoke the run rule.
Kaitlyn Woerner led Hayes’ 12-hit attack with a 3-for-3 effort at the plate. Cooper was 2-for-2 with her homer, a double, a walk and three runs scored; Lindsey Blair had two hits, two runs and an RBI in the win; and Chandler Fields finished with two hits and an RBI.
With the win, Hayes will host Teays Valley, an 8-0 winner over Newark, in today’s D-I sectional championship. First pitch is set for 5:30 p.m.