Kali Sargent was one pitch away from perfection Saturday morning.
Sargent hit the first batter she faced in the first inning, but set down the next 15 batters she faced for the Douglas High softball team to complete a no-hit 12-0 victory against Damonte Ranch in Reno.
Douglas (14-5-2 overall, 10-1 league) scored three runs in the third inning and five more runs in the fourth in a Northern Division I contest called after five innings due to the 10-run mercey rule.
The story on this day, however, was a performance in which Sargent allowed no hits with six strikeouts. The junior right hander retired eight batters on fly balls — five of which were handled by the infield — and got one more putout on a ground ball. The only base runner came when the Mustangs’ leadoff hitter was hit in the top of her helmet on the first pitch of the first inning.
“That was a dominant performance by Kali,” Douglas coach Rob Parks said.
“Kali came so close to throwing a perfect game if not for that one pitch against the first batter.”
The Tigers left two runners stranded in scoring position to end both the first and second innings before they finally got on the scoreboard.
Allison Meyer led off the third inning with a double, Leonna Mortimer walked and Sargent followed with a single. Kaitlyn Bowman then drove in Meyer and Mortimer followed with a two-run single to make it 3-0.
Maddie Parks led off the fourth inning with a walk and advanced one base on a single to right field by Corryne Diaz. Meyer singled to load the bases and Kelly Sonnemann hit a two-run single to drive in Parks and Diaz. Sargent reached on an error that allowed Meyer to score. Makayla Shaver hit a double to right-center to drive Sonnemann home. Nicole Dunn hit a two-out single that scored Shaena Robinson, who was running for Sargent.
In the fifth and final inning, Diaz started things off with a single up the middle. Mortimer walked and Sargent singled, driving in another run. Shaver singled and collected another RBI. Bowman then slammed a double up the right field line, bringing Shaver and Robinson home as the Tigers extended their lead to 12-0.
Shaver hit 3-for-3, Bowman 2-for-4 with four RBI, Sargent 2-for-4 with three RBI and Dunn 2-for-3 with one RBI. The Tigers finished with 15 hits as a team.
“We did a much better job today scoring the runners we had on base,” Parks said of the Tigers.
The Tigers play host to Galena in another league contest on Thursday afternoon.