For the third time this season, Hailey Whitmer was untouchable in the circle.
Whitmer threw her third no-hitter of the season as Butler High School’s softball team recorded a 3-0 victory over Warren East, in the third game of Manual’s round robin tournament last Saturday at the University of Louisville’s Ulmer Stadium. The junior pitcher struck out eight and walked a pair in seven complete innings.
“Hailey has gotten better and better this year,” Butler softball coach Brittany Braun said. “Especially since freshman year she keeps getting better. Her movement on ball has gotten better. It was rough today because it was wet. Every time she pitched she made a big splash. She did a great job of keeping people off balance.”
Whitmer battled through adversity in the first inning, as she walked a pair of batters and then an error loaded up the bases. But Whitmer was able to get out of the inning unscathed, regaining her composure for the rest of the afternoon.
“She didn’t even know (about the no-hitter) at the end of the game,” Braun said. “She just wants to play ball, she doesn’t care about stats.”
Braun, who swaps Whitmer with fellow shortstop/pitcher Annabelle Ramirez, has seen tremendous growth in Whitmer both in the circle and at the plate.
“Her curveball is phenomenal,” Braun said of Whitmer. “The curveball, screwball, changeup. She’s just good. Her freshman year she could only throw a curveball and a fastball. Now she can throw inside out.
“Her hitting has improved,” Braun continued, noting Whitmer has a batting average at more than .400. She puts in all that work. It rained Friday and we were off practice, and she’s practicing and working on her own.”
Heading into the 22nd District tournament, Butler is the heavy favorite, taking on Western in the first round and then the winner of Doss vs. Iroquois. But if Butler makes it into the Region Six tournament, they’ll have a heavy challenge on their hands, with regular-season champions Holy Cross, Bullitt East, and Mercy all unbeaten in the region.
“Us or Bullitt East or Mercy always plays good at the right time,” Braun said. “It’s just who’s going to play well that week. I think our chances are good. All our aspects of our game have to show up.”