The Warrenton High School girls softball team used a perfect game to defeat Perryville, Missouri, in a season opening game.
Warrenton senior Kylie Witthaus threw a four-inning perfect game during last week’s Union Tournament.
Witthaus opened the season with four perfect innings in Warrenton’s 15-0 win over Perryville in the first game of the Union Tournament. Witthaus struck out seven batters over four innings. The Perryville lineup did not have an answer for Witthaus throughout their lineup, Warrenton softball coach Chad Berrey said.
“Kylie Witthaus came into game one looking like she did not skip a beat from her summer select season with the STL Chaos,” Berrey said. “It was a 112 degree real feel outside and she did not let it phase her. She pounded the zone and kept the hitters on their toes the whole game.”
The Warriors offense recorded 11 hits and scored 15 runs in four innings in the win. Sophomore Audrey Lanzone recorded three hits and knocked in three runs in the win. Witthaus also had three RBIs. Adee Morgan and Grace Steinhoff each had two hits. Morgan, Kiera Daniel and Gracelyn Sitton each scored three runs.
Warrenton earned a 3-3 tie in their second game of the tournament against St. Francis Borgia. The Lady Warriors scored all of their runs in the fifth inning, the final inning of the game. Caydynce Haverfield knocked in two runs in the fifth inning. Makayla Witthaus had one RBI. Lanzone, Kylie Witthaus and Makayla Witthaus each scored one run. Kylie Witthaus had a multi-hit game at the plate. She also threw all five innings on the mound. She surrendered one earned run and recorded seven strikeouts in the tie.
“Kylie threw five innings versus a tough St. Francis Borgia team,” Berrey said. “She only allowed one earned run and pitched out of a couple of threatening situations with runners in scoring position.”
Warrenton dropped their final game of the tournament in a 6-2 loss to Jefferson City. Daniel recorded three hits for Warrenton. Lanzone and Makayla Witthaus each scored one run for the Lady Warriors. Freshman Audrey Skillman pitched 3 innings for Warrenton. She allowed six earned runs. Briana Menne pitched scoreless innings. She struck out one batter.
After the season opening tournament, Berrey said the positives outweigh the negatives “by a long shot.” He likes the culture and mindset of the program this year. He also likes where they are offensively early on in the season.
“Usually, it takes a few weeks of games for a team to buy in and fully operate within a style of play,” Berrey said. “From game one, it was on. Our girls are swinging with confidence and trying to shoot gaps and force areas. I have not been this optimistic about a team’s offensive ability in years. With the way we hit, I think we will be able to hang with any team this year.”