Truman pitcher Myel White threw a no-hitter, struck out eight and scored two runs in a 10-0, mercy-rule Suburban Big Six victory over North Kansas City at Adair Park Wednesday afternoon.
But none of her teammates wanted to talk about those accomplishments – they were all buzzing about her third-inning stolen base that led to the Patriots’second run of the game.
“Oh my gosh, those girls,” a grinning White said, feigning disgust. “They know I can steal a base. I think I’m like 12-for-12 this season. I’m a good base runner.”
The freshman has teamed with junior Kara Amos to give coach Dan Harper a dramatic 1-2 punch on the mound as the win gave Truman a 10-4 overall record and 3-2 conference mark.
“The thing that makes Myel such a great pitcher – and you might have noticed this today,” Harper said, “is that she gets stronger and seems to throw harder as the game goes along. She was dealing in the last couple of innings.”
White struck out four of the last six Northmen batters and did not allow a ball to leave the infield.
“I get in a groove and really feel comfortable as the game goes on,” said White, who has two no-hitters this season. “I feel most comfortable starting a game, but whatever coach wants me to do, I’m ready to help this team.”
The conference win came a night after a shocking 3-2 loss to Liberty. The Blue Jays were down to their final out when two Truman errors ruined a storybook night for Amos, who did not allow an earned run and had 17 strikeouts, and catcher Chloe Armstrong, who clubbed two solo homers off the rock wall in left center field at Adair.
The two homers tied the Truman single-season mark for home runs with nine.
“It tells me a lot about our team, and my teammates, to come back tonight and win after we had our hearts broken yesterday,” said No. 2 hitter Kennedy Rucker, who had three singles, an RBI and three runs scored.
“That loss to Liberty was so tough, one of the toughest I’ve ever been a part of. But we came back tonight and got our bats going and Myel was amazing pitching.”
The Patriots scored a solo run in the first, added another run in the third and broke the game open with a six-run fourth inning in which they batted around against Northtown’s Allie Hartman.
Rucker, Armstrong, Melanie Jackson and Joni Oswald all had big hits in the inning.
“It was like a feeding frenzy, the domino effect,” added Rucker. “We couldn’t wait to get to bat because we knew we were going to do something special. It’s so nice to leave the park tonight seeing everyone smiling because there were some tears after that loss to Liberty.”
The Patriots claimed the mercy-run victory when Rucker scored the 10th run on a wild pitch.
“It’s nice to get a win like this after that tough loss,” Harper said. “We’re still in the thick of things for the conference race and you saw today how our girls were able to bounce back after that loss to Liberty. There are a lot of games left this season, and we’re ready for every one of them.”