Coming off a no-hitter against Lake Dallas on Friday night, it seemed as if Trophy Club Byron Nelson pitcher Ashley Dumoulin had met her match early in Tuesday’s game at Guyer.
The Lady Wildcats got two early hits off the senior, who has signed with the University of Rhode Island, just days after she was unhittable.
Turns out it was a short-lived success for Guyer’s hitters, as Dumoulin didn’t allow a hit after the first inning en route to a 3-0 shutout of the Lady Wildcats that pulled the Lady Bobcats even with Guyer in the District 5-4A standings.
“It’s just really exciting when the defense comes in and has your back,” Dumoulin said after striking out five in her two-hitter. “I definitely can’t do it without them or our hitting. Our hitting is on point right now. When we put the ball in play, there’s nothing [the opponent] can do.”
While Dumoulin limited the Lady Wildcats to an infield single by pitcher Shayne Starkey and a soft single up the middle by Suzette Palmer, the Lady Bobcats were not exactly killing the ball against Starkey, Guyer’s sophomore left-hander.
Three of Nelson’s six hits were infield singles, and the Lady Wildcats (14-2-1, 2-1 district) committed two errors in the top of the fourth that resulted in the Lady Bobcats’ third run of the night, which was more than enough.
Nelson (14-6, 2-1) got on the board an inning earlier when No. 8 hitter Cami Conrad led off the inning with one of the harder hit balls of the night, drilling an 0-1 pitch down the first base line for a single. She moved to second on an infield single from Haley Gray, bringing up leadoff hitter Dani West.
A passed ball advanced the runners to second and third, putting both in scoring position for West, who faced an 0-2 count.
The next pitch was sent back up the middle, easily scoring Conrad and allowing Gray to slide into home plate ahead of a strong throw from center fielder Kennedy Been.
That was all Dumoulin needed from her offense.
“We had a chance to hop on them early, and we didn’t get it done,” Guyer coach Keith Medford said. “Timely hitting is the key to this game, and they had a big timely hit with runners on second and third.
“Offensively we just didn’t get it done. We knew she [Dumoulin] was going to be good. We knew what she was going to do. Hats off to her.”
What she did was mow down Guyer’s lineup with an array of changeups and back-door curveballs to left-handed hitters. She struck out Been, Guyer’s cleanup hitter, twice with her changeup — once in the first inning with two runners on base.
“Her ball was spinning and her changeup was good,” Medford said. “Especially to Kennedy, her changeup was really good a couple of times. She’s a great pitcher. It happens.”
Medford said his team just had one of those bad nights when nothing went right. When the Lady Wildcats did make good contact and hit the ball hard, it was on the ground and right to Nelson’s fielders, most notably Gray, a freshman shortstop who made several big plays in the field.
“They just outplayed us in every facet of the game,” Medford said. “They ran the bases better than we did. They hit the ball better than we did. They pitched better than we did and played great defense — better than us. When you have a combination like that, you’re not going to win many games.”
The Lady Wildcats will travel to Lake Dallas at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, leaving them one day to get back on track at the plate before squaring off with highly touted sophomore pitcher Chrisa Head.
Lake Dallas lost to Wichita Falls Rider on Tuesday. Rider is tied with Guyer and Nelson at 2-1 in the district, one game ahead of the Lady Falcons.
“This just counts as one game,” Medford said after watching his team’s nine-game winning streak snapped. “Byron Nelson is a quality team that is going to be at the top at the end of the year. They’re well coached and do a lot of things right. It counts as one game, though, and that’s how we have to look at it. We have to go to work at practice [today] because we have Lake Dallas on Thursday and that’s not going to be any easier.”
ADAM BOEDEKER can be reached at 940-566-6872. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org .
TROPHY CLUB BYRON NELSON 3, GUYER 0
WP — Ashley Dumoulin. LP — Shayne Starkey.