Hutto’s 16 strikeouts lift Orchard Mesa 9-10 girls past Shaw Heights
Hannah Hutto delivers when the pressure is on.
Saturday at Monument Little League, Hutto struck out 16 batters to lead the Orchard Mesa 9-10 girls softball team to an 11-5 win in a state tournament semifinal against Shaw Heights.
“When I’m pitching, it’s just me and the game,” Hutto said. “I don’t focus on anyone else.”
Orchard Mesa took a 5-0 lead before Shaw Heights tied the game in the third inning. Orchard Mesa added a run in the fourth to go up 6-5.
Shaw Heights had an opportunity to answer in the top of the fifth by getting runners on second and third with no outs. Hutto struck out the next three batters.
“She’s really confident,” Orchard Mesa coach Rick Shepherd said. “She didn’t get down if they got on base.”
Orchard Mesa took control of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring five runs.
Hutto let runners reach second and third in the sixth before striking out the side.
Orchard Mesa moves into Monday’s championship game, and awaits the winner of today’s 10 a.m. game between Academy and Shaw Heights.
“They are excited,” Shepherd said. “They know Monday’s game will be just as tough (as Saturday’s).”
Palisade advanced to the championship game of its tournament at Cherry Creek Little League with a 4-3 win over Academy.
Palisade pitchers Max Noland, Kaden Seriani and Russ Bleyle combined for 12 strikeouts.
Palisade faces North Boulder at 10 a.m. today.
Monument defeated Cyra 9-7 in its tournament at Cherry Creek Little League. Monument moves into the championship game against Platte Canyon at 10 a.m. today.
North Boulder defeated Ken Caryl 11-3. North Boulder faces Monument in the championship at noon today.
Palisade lost to Shaw Heights 11-9 in its first game of the day, then struggled in its second game of the day, losing 14-1 to High-Plains. With the two losses, Palisade is eliminated from the tournament.
Monument lost 7-5 to North Boulder at its tournament in Frisco.
The loss moves Monument into the losers’ bracket where it faces Summit at 10:30 a.m. today.