LAGRANGE TWP. — Let the record show that Keystone’s Sydney Campbell is one of the best softball pitchers Ohio has ever produced.
Campbell twirled another gem Monday at LaGrange Community Park, allowing just three hits in a 7-0 Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division win over Wellington.
It was her 51st win in a row, tying Convoy Crestview’s Jamie Perkins (2003-06) for the state record.
“I had no clue,” Campbell said when asked about the record. “Coach (Jim Piazza) said congratulations in the huddle after the game and I asked for what.
“I’m so proud of our team, it’s a whole team effort every time we go on the field. My pitches weren’t working the way I wanted today, and my teammates had my back and made the outs for me. I’m just so proud of them for having my back for the last few years to let me get this record.”
Not only did the win tie a record, it kept the Wildcats(14-0, 10-0 PAC) alone in first place in the division. The teams will face off again today at Wellington, but Piazza wasn’t sure if he pitch Campbell. She’ll have plenty of opportunities to break the record with eight games left on the schedule.
The Dukes (10-5, 9-2) got a runner to second base in each of the first two innings, but Campbell got out of trouble both times. Kendal Brasee lined out hard to right in the first and Campbell got a strikeout in the second to strand freshman Tori Paramore, who had two of Wellington’s three hits.
Paramore was the only Dukes baserunner after the second inning, getting a single to left in the fifth.
Wellington freshman pitcher Maile Oswald (3-1) kept Keystone from having any big innings, but the ’Cats still managed to scratch out one or two runs in each of the first five innings.
Marlie McNulty and Madi Herrington singled to start the game and scored on sacrifice flies from Autumn Acord and Shelby Fortune.
Nautica Barber and Kennedy Kerr had back-to-back doubles to make it 3-0 in the second. In the third, Acord was hit by a pitch and scored on Jess Gerhardinger’s single.
Kerr and McNulty had single in the fourth and came home on Acord’s double to left-center for a 6-0 lead. Ali Pyles provided the final run, driving a pitch over the center field fence.
“She did exactly what we wanted her to do,” Wellington coach Duane Sunagel said of his pitcher. “We just wanted to have her give our defense a chance to play and get us deep in the game — and that’s exactly what she did.”
Campbell finished off the win by setting down the last six batters, two on fly balls, three on grounders and one by strikeout.
“To be able to win 51 straight at any level is just amazing to think about,” Piazza said, “just staying that consistent for that long. It’s a credit to her and to the girls who play defense behind her to make it happen.
“It’s really a great honor for her and the team. She can’t do it without the team and the team can’t do it without her. That’s what Keystone softball is all about.”