SMITHFIELD — Taking opportunities and running with them is preached in sports all the time.
Pershelle Rohrer did just that and then some Thursday afternoon on the softball diamond at Sky View. The senior doesn’t see a lot of time in the circle, playing in the shadow of one of the best pitchers in the region. In the second game of a twinbill, Rohrer got the nod and seized her opportunity.
It was actually an abbreviated doubleheader between Logan and Sky View. The two had a game last Friday halted in the bottom of the third because of weather, so in the first game the Grizzlies and Bobcats picked up from there. Then played a second game. Logan took both Region 12 contests, 10-0 in six innings and 10-2 in the nightcap.
“It’s important for us to get our mentality right going to state and know we can beat anybody,” Rohrer said.
The Grizzlies (13-9, 4-5 region) are trying to get some momentum going before the state tournament begins in a week. Rohrer did her part to provide a spark Thursday evening.
Rohrer retired the first nine Bobcats (4-15, 1-7) she faced, striking each of them out. With a 6-0 lead, her no-hit bid was thwarted in the fourth when Darcee Lundberg took a 2-2 pitch and blasted it over the fence in left. That did not rattle Rohrer one bit.
Did Rohrer realize the strikeouts were adding up?
“Yeah, it was in my head a little bit,” Rohrer said. “I wanted to see what I could do. I’ve never had a game like this at any level. ... There was no talk in the dugout. We were focused on getting the game done.”
The Grizzly lefty walked the next Bobcat batter after the homer, then struck out the next three Sky View batters. Logan would get the first 16 outs of the game via the K by Rohrer.
“Definitely the highlight is Pershelle,” Logan coach Kim Laing said. “It was so fun to watch. She works so hard, probably harder than anyone on our team. I couldn’t be happier for her. ... Man, she didn’t even let our defense get some practice.”
The first non-strikeout came in the sixth with one out when a pop-up was caught by Logan first baseman Saige Hansen. Rohrer struck out the next Bobcat to end the sixth. She then picked up two more K’s in the seventh, including the final out to end the game, which seemed only fitting. For those counting, that is 19 strikeouts.
Rohrer allowed four hits for the game, issued one base on balls and hit one Bobcat batter.
While Rohrer was sitting down Bobcats in the bottom of frames, her teammates were swatting the ball all over the field. Logan finished the second game with 15 hits as 10 different Grizzlies recorded a base knock. Nya Laing, Kimmie Laing, Molly Balling, Hansen and Rachel Boyer each had a pair of hits.
“Some JV girls got some time and came through,” coach Laing said. “Everyone contributed today.”
Lundberg had two of the Bobcats four hits. Sky View also committed four errors.
“We just can’t get our bats going; they’ve gone cold and we are just having a hard time getting things moving,” SV head coach Amanda Robinson said. “Today, by the time we got them moving, it was too late. Defensively, we played OK, couple of small things. We just can’t get the bats rolling.”
Logan struck quickly in the second game. Three errors helped the Grizzlies plate four runs in the opening frame. An RBI triple by Nya Laing was the big hit of the first inning.
The Grizzlies added two more runs in the third on three hits. Balling had a double and scored when Hansen traded her places with a double. Boyer had a bunt single that brought Hansen home to make it 6-0.
After the Bobcats got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth, the Grizzlies responded with three runs in the top of the fifth. An error helped Logan get the first run in, then Cheyenne Weekes brought two more home with a single to make it 9-1.
Lundberg singled, got to third on a Keiko Schwartz double and scored the Bobcats other run on a wild pitch.
The Grizzlies plated their 10th run in the seventh and seemingly added three more on an absolute monster home run way over the fence in center field by Maya Jacome, but a Logan base runner was called out for leaving early, and the inning ended.
Rohrer hit the first Bobcat she faced in the seventh, but then retired the next three to close the door on the game.
In the first game Thursday, Logan started with a 1-0 lead and a runner on second with two outs. Kimmie Laing made it 2-0 with a single.
Nya Laing struck out the side in the fourth and would finish with 12 Ks for the game. She gave up just one single that took a tricky bounce by diving Grizzly shortstop Weekes.
After plating a run in the fifth, the Grizzlies exploded for seven with two outs in the sixth to bring the game to an end. Logan was the home team in the first game since it originally began in Logan. A three-run homer by Weekes started the scoring as 11 Grizzly batters came to the plate. Nya Laing and Joci Norris each had RBI doubles.
Kammie Laing had three hits, while Nya Laing and Mia Marin had two base knocks each. Logan had nine hits and took advantage of four errors by Sky View, which got its only hit from Mikellie Sorensen.