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Eckholm's blast, Perryman's 15 Ks lift Elgin

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  • With winning pitcher Hannah Perryman (23) leading the welcoming party, Elgin sophomore Anna Eckholm celebrates as she approaches the plate after hitting a home run in the bottom of the sixth inning against Batavia Wednesday in Elgin. It was the only run of the game.

       With winning pitcher Hannah Perryman (23) leading the welcoming party, Elgin sophomore Anna Eckholm celebrates as she approaches the plate after hitting a home run in the bottom of the sixth inning against Batavia Wednesday in Elgin. It was the only run of the game.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Elgin senior Hannah Perryman delivers against Batavia Wednesday in Elgin. She struck out 15 batters and threw a 1-hitter in the Maroons' 1-0 win.

       Elgin senior Hannah Perryman delivers against Batavia Wednesday in Elgin. She struck out 15 batters and threw a 1-hitter in the Maroons' 1-0 win.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Elgin's Kenyatta Scales reaches second base ahead of the throw caught by Batavia shortstop Sami Villarreal for a stolen base Wednesday in Elgin.

       Elgin's Kenyatta Scales reaches second base ahead of the throw caught by Batavia shortstop Sami Villarreal for a stolen base Wednesday in Elgin.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Elgin Bri Wright is met by pitcher Hannah Perryman after recording the third out of the sixth inning on a good defensive play to rob Batavia's Katie Ryan of a hit Wednesday in Elgin. Elgin won 1-0.

       Elgin Bri Wright is met by pitcher Hannah Perryman after recording the third out of the sixth inning on a good defensive play to rob Batavia's Katie Ryan of a hit Wednesday in Elgin. Elgin won 1-0.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Elgin's Kenyatta Scales strikes out against Batavia's Katie Coleman Wednesday in Elgin. Coleman struck out 11 Maroon batters.

       Elgin's Kenyatta Scales strikes out against Batavia's Katie Coleman Wednesday in Elgin. Coleman struck out 11 Maroon batters.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Katie Coleman winds up against Elgin Wednesday in Elgin. She struck out 11 batters.

       Batavia's Katie Coleman winds up against Elgin Wednesday in Elgin. She struck out 11 batters.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Katie Ryan was one of 15 batters to strike out against Elgin's Hannah Perryman Wednesday in Elgin.

       Batavia's Katie Ryan was one of 15 batters to strike out against Elgin's Hannah Perryman Wednesday in Elgin.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Batavia's Sami Villarreal tries to beat the play by Elgin pitcher Hannah Perryman who fields her bunt in the sixth inning Wednesday in Elgin. She was thrown out.

       Batavia's Sami Villarreal tries to beat the play by Elgin pitcher Hannah Perryman who fields her bunt in the sixth inning Wednesday in Elgin. She was thrown out.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

 
 

Seniors Hannah Perryman of Elgin and Katie Coleman of Batavia matched each other pitch for pitch Wednesday afternoon.

Almost.

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Maroons' sophomore Anna Eckholm drilled a 1-1 Coleman pitch over the left field fence to lead off the sixth inning, and Elgin rode Perryman's 15 strikeout, 1-hitter and an errorless defense to 1-0 Upstate Eight Conference softball win in River Division play in Elgin.

Perryman has now struck out an even 100 batters in her last six starts.

"It's the best I've ever seen anyone throw in a string like this," said Elgin coach Chad Dahlman. "She's getting ahead and mixing it up. She's got a lot of movement and she's able to use all her pitches because she's getting ahead."

Which, to Perryman, is the key to everything she does inside the circle. Always a pitcher with big strikeout potential, the Missouri-St. Louis recruit has had her bouts with wildness in the past.

"I'm just getting ahead," said Perryman, now 8-6 on the season. "Before I'd get behind and have to throw more pitches. Now I'm using my rise, my fastball, my curve, and even my changeup is working. I just have more confidence. I just go out there and know I can do this."

During Perryman's strikeout streak, the Maroons have struggled defensively and lost games. As Batavia coach Ashley Szymski put it, "the word on the street is" that Elgin can't handle the small-ball game on defense. The Maroons (11-8, 3-4) did on Wednesday, though. The three times Batavia (9-10, 3-5) was able to put bunts down, Elgin handled them flawlessly.

"The thing that's been killing us lately is our defense," said Dahlman. "We made the plays today and kept them off the bases. We didn't make Hannah work to get those extra outs."

Perryman credited her coach as well as her defense.

"Coach Dahlman has done an incredible job of moving our infield around and putting people in the right places," she said. "Before we were freaking out on every bunt. Now we're handling it."

The Bulldogs' only hit in the game was sophomore Eric Costigan's well-placed bunt with two outs in the fourth inning. Perryman walked 2, both in the first inning but Batavia never got a runner past second base.

"Perryman's got a good riseball and she's tough to hit," said Szymski. "After seeing slower pitching the day before, it's tough to adjust."

Adjusting is just what Eckholm did to win the game for the Maroons. After walking then striking out against Coleman, who whiffed 11 Maroons and allowed only 2 hits, Eckholm dug in in the sixth just hoping to get on base. Her powerful swing on the 1-1 pitch launched the ball well over the fence in left.

"She was pitching me inside a little so I just adjusted and got a pitch I liked," Eckholm said. "I was just trying to get on base to help my team out."

Coleman's effort was stellar for the Bulldogs as well. She walked 2 and only allowed two Elgin runners as far as third base prior to Eckholm's home run.

"Katie Coleman pitched really well," said Szymski. "One pitch makes a difference. (Eckholm) read it right and I can't take that away from her. It was a tough one but you have to give (Eckholm) credit. She got the whole ball and she did what she needed to do for her team to win the game."

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