Hanna Rose didn’t even realize exactly what she had done. The junior pitched a complete game Saturday to lead Wapahani to a 6-0 victory over Cowan to win the Delaware County softball championship. She wasn’t aware that no Cowan players even reached second base.
“I was just focused on each batter,” Rose said. “And it seemed like we were getting constant outs, so I didn’t even realize that.”
Rose’s pitching in last week’s event helped propel Class 2A No. 7 Wapahani (13-4) to two wins to claim the tournament title. She allowed a combined one run in victories against Class 3A No. 5 Yorktown and Class A No. 5 Cowan.
She struck out nine Cowan batters, and never faced more than four batters in an inning. She faced three Cowan (15-5) batters in an inning four times and walked one.
The county championship is Wapahani’s first since 2005, Raiders coach Jacci Glancy said.
“You always want to go out big and you want to get everything you can,” senior third baseman Katelyn Myers said. “County was awesome, especially since we’ve never even been this close in the last four years.”
To Myers, Rose’s pitching run in the county tournament was reminiscent of sectionals last season, when Rose helped the Raiders advance to regionals. This week, Rose (7-3) allowed a combined seven hits, walked just one batter and struck out 17 in two games. Yorktown and Cowan batters combined to bat .149 against Rose in the tournament.
“She always comes through in the big games like that,” Myers said. “And we’re not worried about her at at all. We know she’s going to come through on the big games like that.”
Rose also benefited from her defense, which did not commit an error in the game.
“They know the game, I saw hustling,” Glancy said. “Even for foul balls that weren’t even reachable, they were all hustling. I had four girls around the fence, because they want the ball.”
Rose also did her part at the plate Saturday, going 2-for-3 with a solo home run in the second inning. She also drew a walk in her first trip to the plate. She was one of two Wapahani players to get two hits, the other being Katelyn Buchanan.
The Raiders led 2-0 through six innings before a four-run seventh inning put them in firmer control. Angelica McKibben had an RBI triple, and she then scored on an error. Myers later provided a two-run homer to put her team ahead by six runs.
Cowan’s Allie McCreery singled to open the bottom of the seventh, but she was later doubled off after a strikeout. Rose then induced a groundout to end the game and clinch her team’s title.
The Blackhawks fell behind by a run before they came to the plate, and their lack of a runner in scoring position did little to lift their spirits.
“If something just would have went in our favor, I think the dugout would have come alive,” Cowan coach Jeff Berger said. “Because we’ve come back many times.”
Shelby Wilcoxon pitched a complete game for the Blackhawks, striking out nine batters. McCreery, Mallory Bruner and Jasmine Conner logged the Blackhawks’ three hits.