Jasmyn Reese opens season with a no-hitter

If there is a better way to start a season, the Madras girls fastpitch team would be hard pressed to find it.

The White Buffaloes opened their softball season in style Monday afternoon, downing Sisters 13-0 behind a no-hitter by Jasmyn Reese and an offense that took advantage of what was given to them.

"It's shaping up to be a pretty good season," coach Charlie Brown said. "I think we'll do pretty good. I'm very happy with their performance today."

Reese was solid from inside the circle, striking out nine while walking just three. The no-no was the second one of her career.

"I knew my team was behind me," Reese said. "As long as I concentrated on what I did, I knew they would back me up. It's just a team thing; I thought we all did a really good job."

Brown, who got his first win as the Buffs' coach, said he was not surprised at all by Reese's performance. He said she has been working hard during the offseason.

"She is a really dedicated pitcher and put the work in to get where she is at," Brown said. "She's improved quite a bit from last year. Once she gets her bearings, she will be a force to be reckoned with."

While Reese was mowing down the Outlaws, the Buffs were talking advantage of some sloppy pitching to ring up as many runs as possible. While the hits were hard to come by, Madras turned nine walks into 13 runs and won the game by the mercy rule in the fourth inning.

Brown said if the team was able to get an early lead, they would work on hitting from the left side of the plate. For the most part, the girls looked comfortable from that side and laid down some nice drag bunts.

While the defense didn't get many opportunities in the field, Reese got nine of the 12 outs on her own, the Buff outfield made a nice play to end the game.

With two outs and a runner on third, center fielder Keeley Brown tracked down an errant throw into the right field corner and started a relay that ended with Celestine Morning Owl making a tag at home. The out was the final one of the game and sealed the shutout for Reese.

"I'm just out there to do my job," Keeley Brown said. "I just wanted to hustle and back up my teammates."

The Buffs have a busy opening week. They are at Summit High Wednesday, play host to Redmond Friday and close out the first week with a doubleheader at home with Crook County Saturday.

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