Madison Williams has starred for the DuPont Manual High School softball all season, and Thursday was no exception.
Williams threw a one-hitter as the Crimsons routed North Bullitt, 9-1, on the road. Williams pitched a complete game, struck out nine, and gave up just the one hit and one run.
She was hitting her spots, keeping the ball down, and she had a little extra zip on it,” Manual head coach Andrew Hundley said. “She felt good. The catcher barely had to move her glove.”
Williams, who has signed with Division 1 Jackson State in Jackson, Mississippi, had a perfect game until it was broken up in the sixth inning by an infield single.
“Up until that point she was throwing the ball as well as she has all year,” Hundley said.
The win and impressive performance takes Williams line to 8-2 with a 1.48 earned run average. She’s thrown 61 innings with 80 strikeouts, seven complete games, and has a 0.84 WHIP. WHIP measures walks and hits per nine innings pitched.
The Crimsons’ victory takes them to 12-3 on the season, with the team on a nine-game winning streak. The Crimsons have games against Portland Christian and Holy Cross before a cross-region matchup with local power Butler.
“We’ve got a lot of seniors and they’ve been showing real senior leadership,” Hundley said. “It’s a group that has played together a number of years, back into middle school and during the summers. We have a nice mix with seven freshman and our seniors are doing a good job leading us and making sure (the freshman are) learning how we run the program. I couldn’t be more proud of them so far. The attitude is great and they work hard.”