Putnam's Maddie Mayer threw a no-hitter with one walk and 11 strikeouts as the No. 6-ranked Kingsmen opened the OSAA Class 5A softball playoffs with a 6-0 home win Wednesday over the Central Panthers.
Mayer retired the first five Central batters in order, then surrendered a two-out walk to Aunika Farley, and then retired the next 16 Panthers in order, sending Putnam (19-5) into the quarterfinals for the fifth season in a row.
Mayer also was a force at the plate, going 2 for 3 with a double, a triple, and two RBIs to highlight Putnam's seven-hit attack.
"I felt like everyone kind of put it together and did a really good job of staying focused the whole time," Kingsmen coach Samantha Frost said. "They were having a good time, too, and that always helps.
"Maddie was hitting all of her spots. She kind of came into her own and made it happen for us. I'm happy to see her having some really good success. That was fun to see."
Putnam opened the scoring in the third inning when Mikayla Schweinsberg singled, Faith Vadelund drew a walk, and both came around to score on Mayer's double to the gap in left-center field.
The Kingsmen added two more runs in the fourth inning when Melia Croydon scored on a Mikaela Nall's single and Grace Vadelund also scored after a Central error on the same play .
In the fifth, Mayer hit triple and scored on a single by Libby Robinson, and Robinson came around to score when the Panthers misplayed another ball hit by Nall, making the score 6-0.
Putnam's win, coupled with Crater's 2-1 upset over No. 3 Dallas, means the Kingsmen will be home for Friday's 4:30 p.m. quarterfinal against Crater.
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