Quinn Breidenbach and the Enumclaw High School fastpitch team are still perfect.
The junior pitcher threw a 14-strikeout gem against Auburn Mountainview on Thursday to improve to 12-0, and the Hornets beat the Lions, 3-1, to clinch the 3A South Puget Sound League title.
“I think they’ve got their eyes on something a little bigger,” Hornets coach Mike Eckhart said. “This was a stepping stone.”
It was also a test.
The Lions (10-5, 10-2) — whose only two league losses are to Enumclaw — held the Hornets (17-0 overall, 13-0 3A SPSL) to their lowest single-game run total of the season.
“They don’t get rattled a lot, they stay calm,” Eckhart said. “I think they were excited to have a close game.”
Enumclaw struck early with two runs in the first inning — including an RBI single to left center by Chloe Young, who was 2 for 3. The Hornets added one more in the fourth after McKenna Patrick hit a leadoff triple down the left field line. Rylee Agnew drove her in on a check-swing single two batters later.
It was not as big of a scoring effort as Enumclaw is used to — the Hornets have outscored opponents 200-8 this season and have 13 double-digit wins — but it was enough.
“These kids have 10-runned everybody in the SPSL,” Eckhart said “We’ve got both sides of it.”
Breidenbach, who has struck out 132 of the 220 batters she has faced this season, is the other side. She retired 13 Lions batters in a row before Savanna Gusman, who was 2 for 3, singled for Auburn Mountainview’s first hit in the fifth.
Emily Martinez had Auburn Mountainview’s lone RBI on a deep, two-out double in the sixth that scored Lily Hope from first.
“We put the bat on it,” Auburn Mountainview coach Alicia Thompson said. “They haven’t had a team put the bat on it like that.”
Breidenbach worked through a jam in the fifth to strand two Lions on base, and ended another scoring threat in the seventh after Gusman hit a leadoff single to bring the tying run to the plate.
“It’s a game of failure,” Breidenbach said. “And if I (give up) a hit, I just come back and strike the next batter out.”
She struck out the next two batters in the seventh before forcing Makaela Henderson to fly out to center for the final out.
The Hornets travel to Bonney Lake at 4 p.m. Monday to wrap up 3A SPSL play, and the Lions visit Lakes at 4 p.m. Friday.