Coe's Simon tosses perfect game
Senior record 18 strikeouts, moving past 1,000 for career
JACKSONVILLE, Ill. -- Senior Ashlee Simon threw her first career perfect game as she became the 13th player in Division III history to surpass 1,000 career strikeouts in Coe's doubleheader sweep of Illinois College on Saturday.
Simon improved to 6-0 on the year with the perfect game. It was her first career perfect game and her third career no-hitter. She struck out 18, including sitting down the first 14 batters on strikeouts. Her 18 strikeouts ties her career high for the third time, the 10th most in a 7.0-inning game in Division III history.
The Kohawk offense came alive late in the first game of the doubleheader, as it was scoreless until the fourth inning. Freshman Anna Corkery tripled to start the inning. A sacrifice fly by junior Callie Morningstar drove in Corkery for the first run of the game.
Senior Brandi Haight singled to lead off the fifth inning. With two outs, freshman Marcie Crawford doubled to bring in sophomore Mollie Kleopfer, who was pinch-running for Haight. Senior Ashley Hood then singed to bring in sophomore Ashley Jimenez, who was pinch running for Crawford.
With one out in the seventh, Crawford doubled. Hood then singled and stole second, putting two runners in scoring position. Corkery then singled, bringing in Crawford before a double steal and Morningstar's sacrifice fly. Sophomore Abby Flannagan reached on an error, as Corkery scored Coe's final run for the 6-0 victory.
Hood, Corkery, senior Amanda Hanson and Crawford had two hits apiece for the Kohawks. Corkery scored twice, while Morningstar drove in two runs.
The Kohawks kept their bats alive to start the second game, as they scored runs in the first four innings. With one out, freshman Brianna Hull singled and stole second. Morningstar walked before Flannagan singled and stole second to bring in Hull. A sacrifice fly by Hanson brought in Morningstar for the 2-0 lead.
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With one out in the second inning, senior Sidney Ridout walked and moved to second on a passed ball. Crawford then walked before Hood singled. With the bases loaded, Ridout scored on a sacrifice fly from Hull.
Flannagan singled to open the third inning. With two outs, Corkery doubled to bring in Kleopfer, who was running for Flannagan. Ridout then homered to bring in Hovind, who was running for Corkery.
Hood singled to open the fourth inning, forcing a pitching change for Illinois College. With one out, Morningstar singled and stole second, bringing in Hood. Hanson then singled to bring in Morningstar.
After Illinois College scored runs in the second and fourth innings, the Kohawks added their final run in the sixth. Freshman Micah Wieditz was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Flannagan then doubled to move Wieditz to third, who scored on a sacrifice fly by freshman Caitlin Cross.
Flannagan led the Kohawks with three hits, while Hood had two. Morningstar and Ridout scored twice, while Hanson and Ridout drove in two runs each. Sophomore Maddison Woodruff improved to 5-1 on the year with five innings pitched before the game was called for rain. She struck out nine, while giving up six hits.