ROSE HILL — Norton and White Rocks battled it out for the District 13 11-12 softball championship Friday in a textbook pitchers’ duel. A run in the first inning would be the difference as the Lady Raiders took the 1-0 victory.
Leadoff hitter and pitcher Jordan Mooney got behind 0-2 in the first at bat of the game. She was able to stay alive and walked to first base. Jordan Mullins would move her ahead to second base with a bunt. Mooney then stole third on an errant pitch. Next up, Kaylen Fields hit the ball solidly to second and drew the fielder’s choice out as Mooney scored. That was the only run scored in the game.
“This is the first time we have gone undefeated in a tournament,” Norton head coach Thomas McCurdy said. This is a three-peat for this Norton age group, however, as they have now won the 11-12 championship in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
“That is the first no-hitter, one run ball game I have ever been a part of. Hats off to White Rocks, especially their pitcher Eden. We made two key plays with Hadaya (Abshire) catching that ball on third and Jordan (Mooney) catching that ball and getting the double play. This team was just so good tonight.”
White Rocks threatened in the fourth as two straight hitters reached base on errors, but the Lady Raiders held on and no runners reached third.
Mooney was a force on the mound as she struck out 16 batters on her way to the victory.
“I just knew I had to stay focused and concentrate. I tune out all of the cheering and the noise. I just know that if I throw a ball or if someone gets a hit off me, I just have to keep going,” Mooney said.
Norton will participate in the state tournament, which will be in Coeburn starting on July 12.