WEBSTER CITY - Kaitlyn Biere's change-up made hitters look foolish and the rain didn't dampen the bats, as the Webster City softball team exploded to claim its first victory of the season last night at Lynx Field.
Biere, a junior right-hander, twirled a 3-inning perfect game and WCHS ripped six hits in a 12-0 rout of Clarion-Goldfield in North Central Conference play.
Biere fanned seven of the nine batters she faced in the wet conditions, and she effectively used her change-up as an out pitch. More than once the Cowgirls' hitters swung through the zone before the ball was even halfway to the plate.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
WCHS junior pitcher Kaitlyn Biere delivers to the plate against Clarion-Goldfield last night at Lynx Field. She threw a 3-inning perfect game and struck out seven.
"(Biere) doesn't necessarily need to rely on girls swinging (at the change-up) for a strike anymore," WCHS head coach Jess Howard said after her club improved to 1-3, 1-2 in the NCC. "She can throw that for a strike and it's really helped out her arsenal."
Biere also had a double at the plate, and she slid across the dish with the game-ending run on a wild pitch.
Tiffany Constable laced three hits off Cowgirls' pitcher Courtney Littlejohn, including a third-inning triple that eventually turned into a run. Kaylee Schnathorst and Erin Anderson both went 1 for 2.
Clarion-Goldfield000- 0 0 4
Webster City372-12 6 0
Courtney Littlejohn and Mara Warnke. Kaitlyn Biere and Kaylee Schnathorst. W-Biere. L-Littlejohn. 2B-WCHS: Biere. 3B-WCHS: Tiffany Constable. RBIWCHS: Constable, Hannah Myers, Mikaleh McCoy (3).
Mikaleh McCoy drove in three runs in the win and Hannah Myers collected one RBI.
WCHS opened the game with three runs in the first inning and then reeled off seven in the second.
"It was good to see how (the players) started out," Howard said. "They were aggressive at the plate, and I know it might not have been top-quality pitching, but every once in a while you need that just to boost your morale and get yourself back on track, and I think the girls did that (last night)."
WCHS will return to the diamond on Friday in Eagle Grove for a doubleheader against the Eagles. The first pitch is set for 5:30 p.m.