Duffy propels Central past Grand Junction
Mikayla Duffy had her usual dominating performance in the pitcher’s circle and a perfect day at the plate.
About the only thing she didn’t do Thursday night hit for the cycle, but she had only three plate appearances.
The Central High School junior limited Grand Junction to one unearned run on three hits and went 3 for 3 with a home run, a double and seven RBI in the Warriors’ 11-1 Southwestern League victory at Bergman Field. Duffy has four home runs and 38 RBI in 11 games this season.
“I did good, but the team did great with the bats tonight,” Duffy said. “It didn’t matter who was pitching. It was hit after hit. ”
Central (11-0, 2-0 SWL) jumped to a 5-0 lead in the first inning, aided by two Grand Junction errors. Duffy drove in two runs on a single to left-center field. Brittany Hoppe had an RBI double and Erin Martinez added a sacrifice fly .
The Warriors loaded the bases for Duffy in the second inning and she delivered with a three-run double for an 8-0 lead.
“We’re on a roll now,” Central coach Scott Else said. “The girls are scoring a lot of runs.
They are real confident at the plate right now. We’re trying to stress keeping the confidence up and free swinging.”
Grand Junction (8-3, 0-2 SWL) ended Duffy’s no-hit and shutout bid in the bottom of the third when Marissa Millard led off with a triple and scored on a double steal.
Central came back with three runs in the top of the fourth, taking advantage of three more errors.
Tayler Else drove in a run and scored on Duffy’s two-run home run to left field.
“I just went up there to make contact and it went,” Duffy said. “(Pitching a three-hitter and hitting a home run) were great, but I don’t think I would’ve pitched as good without my team behind me.”
Duffy set the Tigers down in order in the fifth. She walked three and struck out seven in the five-inning run-rule game.
“It was great game, knowing they wanted to beat us and they were going to do anything they could,” Duffy said. “We came out even more excited, pumped up ready to play.
“These games are fun. The crowd was great. We hung up posters at school. We were all fired up.”