Cabell Midland's Kaity Hanna might want to think about adopting a new pregame routine.
The senior right-hander hurried through her usual warm-up, but settled in to fire a one-hit shutout with 16 strikeouts in the Knights' 5-0 victory Friday evening over host South Charleston. A crowd of about 100 attended the matchup of Class AAA Mountain State Athletic Conference state-ranked teams.
Hanna arrived late to the game because of a class schedule issue.
"I was late a little bit so that messed me up,'' said Hanna, who tossed a perfect game Tuesday in a five-inning win at Parkersburg.
"My warm-ups weren't what I thought they would be. I knew what I wasn't doing right, so I fixed it on the mound. My catcher, Ashley [Boggs], told me I could do it and she believes in me, so I got out there and did what I could. It worked.''
Hanna only allowed two base runners, and just two of the seven balls that the Black Eagles put into play left the infield.
She retired the Black Eagles in order through the first four innings before SC's Brittany Saldivar lofted a double to right field with one out in the bottom of the fifth. Hanna punctuated her dominating 78-pitch performance with a 1-2-3 seventh in which she needed just seven pitches to retire the side in order.
"We may have to let her come in a little bit late every game,'' smiled Midland coach Jeanne Lunsford. "She did a fabulous job. Both pitchers did. It was a pitching duel from the get-go.''
SC's Alli Burdette allowed five runs, three of which were earned, on five hits with 14 punchouts and one walk. She was perfect through the first three innings before Midland scored two runs, aided by several miscues from the Black Eagles, in the fourth.
The second time through the lineup, the Knights broke through in the top of the fourth as leadoff hitter Morgan Zerkle reached on an error, stole second and third base, then scooted home on a throwing error. Midland's Sydney Kaplan sent a one-out double into center field, stole third and scored on a passed ball for a 2-0 edge.