Ally Muller wasn’t sure she’d be able to pitch.
The John Jay High School softball team’s junior hurler thought she might not get to the field in time for her team’s game against host Our Lady of Lourdes, with the ACT exam on her schedule Saturday morning.
But when she arrived in time, she told coach Mike Crocco she’d take the ball. Muller carried over her focus and threw a no-hitter, en route to an 8-0 win for the Patriots.
“Ally was determined. She just had a focus, which I’ve seen from her before,” Patriots coach Mike Crocco said. “I sometimes call her ‘the sniper’ because she just hits her spots. She was on her ‘A’ game.”
Muller struck out 15 batters and walked one in a complete game. At the plate she was just as strong, going 5 for 5 with a home run and four RBI. She doubled and scored three runs.
“She was a good hitter last year, but she stepped it up a whole other level,” Crocco said of Muller’s offense.
John Jay received plenty of offensive support behind Muller. Bridgette Rooney finished 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI while Britney Guzman collected three hits and two RBI.
“Ally kind of stole the show,” Crocco added, “but everyone contributed.”
Anna Anderson started for the Warriors, who host Yorktown on Monday.
John Jay (2-0) hosts Brewster on Monday.
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