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April 24, 2013

Davenport pitcher throws perfect game

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Jenna Lutz retired all 18 batters she faced Tuesday, throwing a perfect game to lead host Davenport to a 15-0 Delaware League softball victory over visiting Stamford in a game that was called after six innings because of the 15-run rule.

Lutz struck out eight.

Davenport coach Cheryl Butler said it’s the first time in her 13 years of coaching that one of her players has thrown a perfect game.

“She’s just been getting more and more confident with her pitches,” Butler said of Lutz, who also hit a two-run homer in the Wildcats’ five-run first inning.

Butler said Lutz was well aware of the perfect game.

“I asked her afterward because, of course, I didn’t say anything during the game and she said she knew what was going on,” Butler said.

Butler added that several defensive plays contributed to Lutz’s performance.

In the second inning, Stamford’s Melanie Petrone hit a groundball through the right side of the infield, but right fielder Jasmine Sellevold threw Petrone out at first.

In the first and third innings, Lutz had balls deflect off of her glove and to shortstop Sam Maidens, who threw both runners out at first. Butler also said third baseman Cassandra Wubbenhorst made a nice play on a groundball down the line in the fifth inning.

Bailee Hymers, Emily Whipple and Wubbenhorst also homered. Whipple finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

Davenport (3-2, 2-1) will host Gilboa on Thursday.

Davenport 15, Stamford 0

Stamford 000 000 _ 0 0 12

Davenport 511 224 _ 15 9 0

Lizzy Smith (L), Melanie Petrone (5) and Melanie Petrone, Ashley Vasta (5). Jenna Lutz (W) and Megan Keil. 3B: Emily Whipple (D). HR: Bailee Hymers (D), Emily Whipple (D), Jenna Lutz (D), Cassandra Wubbenhorst (D).

Oneonta 10, Norwich 1

Brieanna Baker struck out 18, walked two and scattering seven hits over seven innings as visiting Oneonta High cruised in the Southern Tier Athletic Conference.

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