By Mike Bebernes
Tuesday’s softball game between Urban School and University high school was one of those rare occasions when a single word can flawlessly sum up a game.
Urban senior pitcher Danica Lauden’s performance on Tuesday can only accurately be described as perfect.
Lauden retired all 21 University batters she faced to complete a perfect game in the Blues’ 9-0 win over the Red Devils at in Bay Counties League West play at West Sunset Field.
“I just felt on today,” said Lauden. “Everything was working. It just came together today.”
Lauden was dominant for the Blues (4-3, 4-0) from start to finish, striking out the first five Universtiy hitters. She finished the game with 15 total strikeouts, throwing 66 strikes and just 19 balls.
“Me and my catcher [sophomore Elena Goldstien] were really in sync today. I didn’t shake a single pitch off today,” said Lauden.
“Her pitches were really working today and the team was behind her. I think that really helped her out,” said Urban Head Coach Erica Gousman.
The Blues were also potent at the plate.
Freshman Elise Ong had the first of her three RBIs with a single that scored senior Zoe Williams in the 2nd inning.
University (1-4, 0-1) pitcher Serena Lowe kept the game close early with 5 strikeouts and just one walk.
The Blues then added two runs in the fourth inning and another in the fifth.
Urban led 4-0 going into the top of the seventh, when the Blues exploded for five runs in the inning build an insurmountable lead.
Lauden complemented her pitching performance with three RBIs, two hits and a run scored.
Those runs proved to be an afterthought as Lauden promptly retired all three batters in the final inning to complete the perfect game.
The crowd was sparse and the celebration modest, but it was nonetheless a special moment for Lauden and her team.
“This is a big deal,” said Gousman. “Everybody on the team understands that.”