After watching all three Warrick County schools, Boonville, Castle, and Tecumseh, compete in the 2018 Warrick Showcase, one thing is definitely for certain. All three softball teams will be a tough out in their respected sectionals.
And what all three have in common is solid pitching.
The Showcase was played at Tecumseh's home field in Lynnville on May 12. Each team competed against each other in a round robin format. Throughout the day, each team had a pitcher who threw a gem of a game. The day was capped by a perfect game. We'll get to that later.
The first game of the day featured the Boonville Lady Pioneers against the Tecumseh Lady Braves. If you liked to watch a good ole fashion pitcher's duel, this was the game to watch. On the mound for the game were Tecumseh's veteran pitcher Maddie Duncan, a member of the Lady Braves state championship last year, and Boonville freshman Ariel Thomasson.
Tecumseh would win the game 2-0. There were a total of six base hits for the game. Duncan only allowed two base hits while Thomasson only gave up four.
"I started off most hitters ahead of the count," Duncan said. "Every time they made contact, my defense was there to back me up."
Lady Braves coach Gordon Wood also had high praises for his ace.
"Her fast ball is four miles per hour faster than it was last year," Wood said. "Every time you beat Boonville, you did something right."
"Thomasson pitched great," Wood added when asked about Boonville's starter.
Tecumseh would also have to face Castle before the end of the Showcase.
"If we only get four hits against Castle, we'll get beat," Wood said referring to Tecumseh's match-up later in the day against the Lady Knights.
Lady Pioneers coach Alex Baumgart said Thomasson has been throwing like that all season.
"Ariel's change up today was thrown effectively as a strike, which is huge in trying to work ahead in the count," Baumgart said. "She has overachieved all expectations as a rookie. She has faced some of the best hitters in the area with confidence."
The second game saw Castle defeat Boonville by the score of 8-2. This is the only game of the day that didn't feature a pitching gem Castle scored their eight runs in sporadic fashion during the game.
The third and final game of the day was between Tecumseh and Castle. Earlier in the day Wood had said if Tecumseh "only gets four hits" against Castle, it will result in defeat.
That might have been a bad omen for his Lady Braves as Castle put their ace, Sydney Wilson, on the mound.
Wilson pitched a perfect game facing the minimum of 21 hitters in a seven inning game. Wilson was in control the entire game as she only came close to walking just one batter the whole game. She also struck out seven. It was her first perfect game in her high school career.
"It was awesome to know my defense was getting to the ball every time it was hit," Wilson said. "I had a lot of confidence in what pitches coach Lockyear was calling."
While Wilson was a cool customer on the mound, her coach, Pat Lockyear, was getting nervous as the innings progressed.
"It was around the sixth inning when I realized she was throwing perfect," Lockyear said. "I was getting nervous with what pitches to call for her. It was definitely the best she's pitched all year."
As for the Showcase, Castle came out as the wining defeating both Boonville and Tecumseh.
"We were a little tired and I think it showed," Lockyear said. "But we did what needed to be done to get the wins."