With the warm and windy conditions, you would assume the offenses would have the advantage.
Elgin senior standout pitcher Hannah Perryman made sure Crystal Lake Central's offense never got on track.
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Striking out 15 while walking just 1, Perryman blanked the host Tigers on 3 singles as the visiting Maroons cruised to A 6-0 win over Central in nonconference action in Crystal Lake Wednesday afternoon.
"I like pitching in nice warm weather and today was perfect for me, "said Perryman, who will pitch collegiately at Division II Missouri-St. Louis. "My riseball was my go-to pitch, but all my 5 pitches were working. I also was able to change speeds on all pitches effectively. The umpire was giving me the low pitch and I was able to hit my spots."
Elgin coach Chad Dahlman was impressed with Perryman's performance.
"Her riseball, fast curve and change up were all working well," said Dahlman. "She was really mixing her pitches well and she was changing speeds on all her pitches. She pitched a great game against a very good team."
While Perryman (2-0) was outstanding in the pitchers circle, sophomore shortstop Bri Wright provided the offensive fireworks for the Maroons (2-1).
Wright was 3-of-4 at the plate with 2 triples, including a 2-run triple in the fourth for all the runs Perryman would need.
"I just tried to hit the ball where it was pitched," said Wright. "I got good pitches to hit and I was glad to help the team win."
Elgin, which pounded put 10 hits and 4 extra base hits, also got 3 hits including 2 doubles from leadoff hitter Anna Eckholm, who also scored a run.
The Maroons added 4 insurance runs in the seventh on 2-run singles from Kelly Bremer (2 hits, 2 RBI, 2 runs scored) and Jennah Perryman.
"This was a very good team effort against a very good team," said Dahlman. "Hannah pitched great and really challenged their hitters. We swung the bats well against a couple of good pitchers. We had kids come off the bench and swung the bats well. We have some kids beat up and we need to get healthy. I like the way we have played this early in the season."
Mikayla Tuszynski, Kaylee Baginski and Sarah McConnell had singles for the Tigers.