Softball is a beautiful sport, one that is truly unique and unequivocally superior to that of its little brother baseball. In softball, it is easy to overlook the individual performances that make a game special, as we get consumed with the bigger picture, current standings, or other things. So, as we have hit a near full month of the 2022 season, here is a look at some of the best performances so far this season:
Camille Schmitz, Tualatin: In the first week of the season, Schmitz mowed down hitters and put-up gems for the Timberwolves. In the opener against Clackamas, she struck out every Cavs hitter to accumulate 15 strikeouts in a five-inning mercy rule performance. Against Dallas, she pitched a two-hit, nine-inning shutout against Dallas, striking out 20 hitters in the dub for Tualatin.
Paige Doerr, Marist: Trailing against Churchill, Doerr cranked a grand slam on the Lancers to propel the Spartans out in front, eventually finishing victorious over the Lancers 7-2.
Mya Fauver, Oakland: Had a 5-6 hitting performance against Glendale, finishing with three doubles, seven RBI’s, and four runs scored for the Oakers.
Addilyn Gates, Sunset: Against Clackamas, knocked in 4 RBI to go along with a double, triple, sacrifice bunt, and run scored for the Apollos.
Libbey Hardee, McMinnville: Drilled a pair of homers, finishing with three RBI’s and three runs scored against Sheldon.
Jordan Pena, Sunset: Drew three walks, stole five bases, and scored twice in a win over Clackamas.
Violet Richardson, South Umpqua: Went deep, drilled a double, drew two walks, knocked in two runs, and scored three times against Pleasant Hill.
Kailey Rugani, Summit: Went 5-5 from the dish, scoring three times, knocking in four runs, and stealing a base against South Eugene.
Taylor Schaffner, Newport: Against Gladstone, she went 3-3 from the plate, hitting a triple, scoring twice, stealing two bases, and knocking in a run against the Gladiators.
Maddie Wilkin, Astoria: Throwing a 13-strikeout no-hitter against Astoria.
Myleigh Cooper, Scio: Threw a no-hitter in her first HS game, upset 2A/1A #1 Kennedy, and drove in two runs to aid the winning effort.
Olivia Dunn, Grant: Went 3-3 with three doubles, three runs scored, and four RBI’s against McDaniel.
Shyanne Fenley, Pleasant Hill: Hit a walk-off inside-the-park homer for the Billies in their win over Henley.
Addisen Fisher, Bend: Threw a 14-strikeout no-hitter against Glencoe.
Gabi Garcia, Tillamook: Went 3-4 with two doubles and six RBI’s against Gladstone.
Gabby Heiken, Ashland: Went 3-4 with five RBI’s, a double, scoring four runs, and turning three double plays at shortstop against North Eugene.
Serayah Neiss, Newberg: Threw a perfect game against Grants Pass.
Avery Pounder, Bandon: Went 3-4 with a double, triple, three RBI, and two runs scored against Coquille.
Makenna Reid, Tigard: Threw an 18-strikeout perfect game against Dallas.
Evy Remington: Allowed only one-hit, struck out 18 against Newport.
Karen Spadafora, Tigard: Drilled a pair of homers, drove in three runs against Sunset.
Malia Williams, Marist Catholic: Threw a 15-strikeout no-hitter against Henley.