Mitchell perfect in Ursuline victory
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Not many people have seen one, few have taken part in one and even fewer have actually thrown one.
But in Ursuline’s 12-0 win over White Plains on Thursday afternoon, junior Brittany Mitchell added her name to a very short list, tossing a perfect game and boosting the Koalas to their first league win of the season.
“It feels really great; I threw a perfect game,” Mitchell said with a smile. “I did in the past when I was about 10, but it’s great to do it (on the varsity level). We knew it would be a good game, we just wanted to come out strong and we did.”
Mitchell was dominant throughout, notching 11 strikeouts including one in each inning. Mitchell got to a three-ball count only twice in the entire game and only gave up two pop flies that left the infield.
“It’s really not a shocker,” said Ursuline catcher Essence Saviñon. “I’ve been working with her since we were 13 and she’s come a long way.”
Ursuline head coach John Pirone agreed with Saviñon’s enthusiasm.
“Brittany has been great all season,” Pirone said. “She’s 6-1 and the one loss came to a team from Virginia ranked 22nd in the country. She knows how to pitch, she hits her spots; she did a phenomenal job. It’s a great way to start the league play, especially against a rival.”
While Mitchell did her work at the plate, Ursuline broke the game wide open in the fifth, scoring 10 runs in a long scoring rally. All but one of the Koala players scored in the inning.
White Plains’ youth and inexperience hurt them at times as they committed four errors in that fifth inning. All but two of Ursuline’s 12 runs were unearned.
“Yea, it was one of those days,” said White Plains coach Ted O’Donnell. “(Mitchell) threw a perfect game but I thought it was going to be a lot more competitive than that. It was obvious we didn’t come to play; back to the drawing board.”
Ursuline’s Joie Luiso went 3-for-4 from the plate with three singles while Lauren Filardi had an RBI double. Senior captain Jamie Carfora had an RBI single and also knocked down a hard grounder and threw it to first to keep Mitchell’s perfect game alive in the seventh inning.
Ursuline will next face Mamaroneck on the road on Monday while White Plains hosts Stamford on Saturday.