Myel White didn’t expect to have no-hitter stuff on Thursday. That’s because the Truman pitcher doesn’t like throwing off a carpet.
“Turf and I don’t have the best relationship, so I knew it would be a bit of a struggle,” White said. “I didn’t feel like it was going to be a no-hitter day.”
Turns out she was wrong.
White, who prefers a traditional dirt infield to artificial turf, threw five no-hit innings in the Patriots' 12-0 run-rule victory over Raytown in a Class 4 District 14 softball semifinal at Raytown High School.
Top-seeded Truman (17-11) will play for the district title at noon Saturday against St. Teresa’s Academy, which dispatched William Chrisman 10-0 in six innings in the other semifinal.
White, a junior right-hander, allowed just two baserunners on walks in the second and fifth innings. She struck out 11, and her pinpoint accuracy never wavered the whole game.
“She got better and better as she went along,” Truman coach Dan Harper said. “She got more comfortable.”
White is more comfortable pitching on dirt because she’s used to the roughness dragging against her feet when she pitches. But with artificial surfaces like Raytown’s becoming more common in the area, she knows she has to adjust.
Which is what she told herself Thursday.
“I think in warmups, I changed my mentality,” White said. “It was like, even though me and turf don’t have a good relationship, we’re just going to power through it, and my positive mindset really carried me through.”
It didn’t hurt that Truman’s hitters provided plenty of offense to back White up. The Patriots collected 10 hits in four innings and scored in every frame against Raytown (6-15). Third baseman Katie Sutton led the attack by going 3-for-3 and scoring three runs; right fielder Alyssa Bruntmyer had two RBIs.
Truman took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, scored two more runs in the second, three in the third and broke the game open with five runs in the fourth.
“I want to be a little more explosive,” Harper said. “That’s kind of been our MO all year – we start slow and we finish strong.”
White was strong from start to finish for Truman, which is seeking a second straight district title. She plans to be ready the next time she’s called to the carpet.
“I need to get some turf shoes,” White said. “I don’t have any turf shoes, and I just need to be ready to go next time.”
William Chrisman (6-17) never could get going against St. Teresa’s (10-13), which held the Bears to three hits. Chrisman did stay within striking distance until giving up three runs on two errors in the third inning and five more in the fourth.
“We were playing some tight ball,” Chrisman coach Lindsey Ramsey said. “Sometimes we just have a hard time in the later innings getting those three outs. We let things compile and we just had a hard time shutting them down today.”
CLASS 3 DISTRICT 14: Kelsey Webb allowed just one hit and struck out 11 batters over five innings as Oak Grove advanced to the Class 3 District 14 finals with an 11-1 rout of host Raytown South Thursday.
The Panthers (12-15) advanced to Saturday’s 2 p.m. championship game at Raytown South against arch rival Odessa (12-15), a 10-0 winner over Notre Dame de Sion in the other semifinal.
Webb also had two hits and two RBIs and Tomi Lightle drove in three runs for Oak Grove. Katelyn Hicks and Kathrine Hulse each added two hits and Karlie Romines had two RBIs.
The Panthers scored two runs in the third inning and erupted for six runs in the fourth to erase a 1-0 deficit.
Hulse finished off the game with a scoreless seventh inning, striking out two.