By Jeremy McDonald
Anything is possible in the playoffs.
For Jordan Becker, the sophomore from Bella Vista High School achieved something a few players can ever say they did in sports in Sierra College's 4-0 CCCAA Softball NorCal Super Regional opener versus Shasta College Friday afternoon.
Throw a no-hitter.
“I try not to think about it,” said Becker on the feat. “But at the end it’s pretty cool. The first one with Sierra.”
Through the first three innings, the Wolverines pitcher had struck out seven of nine Knight batters to start the game.
Her offense slowly gave her some breathing room as by Kasie Trezona (of Casa Roble) hit a RBI single in the third inning.
Lexi Wagoner (of Napa) also had an RBI hit in the fourth to go along with two runs off an error at first in the next at-bat and Sierra led 4-0 after four.
“I just went up to the plate looking to hit the ball through, getting on base and to score some runs to help my pitcher out," said Bailey Nordquist, who went 2-3 Friday, on the offensive output.
Brownell was impressed how her offense came along.
“We were slow to start,” said Wolverines head coach Darci Brownell. “(Jordan) was pushing very well and we needed to get our bats moving because you noticed that she was getting more relaxed and really turn it on and supported her offensively.”
Nordquist was the lone Sierra player with multiple hits Friday.
Through five innings, Becker had a perfect game in tact as she pushed double figures in strikeouts. Despite her dominance, her defense behind her was ready to go.
“It was just making sure we were ready for every pitch,” said Nordquist. “No matter where she was pitching, though she was dominant on the mound, we had to be ready to come to the ball and get the out.”
The perfect game would be broken with the first batter in the sixth, a 3-2 walk to Shasta's Marissa Duchi.
Becker would bring herself back however and struck out the next two batters and got a groundout to first.
“I was bummed, but it was ok, I wasn’t going to let her get to second,” said Becker. “I wanted to keep doing what I was doing. I walked her but it was ok.
The sophomore would get strikeouts 14 and 15 of her 15 in the seventh and a flyout sealed and preserved the no-hitter.
“I just try not to think about it honestly, just keep doing what I was doing from the beginning,” said Becker.
Of the 21 outs, Becker accounted for 17 of the games 21 outs, having grounded a groundout and caught a fly ball.
“We didn’t have to do much (today), Jordan did most of it,” said Brownell. “The key of it was the defense had to stay awake behind her in a situation like that because it was so easy to go to sleep. “
Sierra will play again Saturday morning against the winner of the Consumnes River College/Cabrillo College game at noon at Sierra College.
But Brownell isn’t worried about her team reflecting too much on today’s feat.
“We’ve been in these tournaments before and tomorrow’s a new day and we’re going to sit here and watch these two teams because today’s game is over, we got to bring it tomorrow.”
SCORE LINE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 - T H E
SHASTA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 1
SIERRA 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 - 4 7 0