HS Softball: Jefferson Sweeps Kennedy
By Dylan Montz
CEDAR RAPIDS Cedar Rapids Jefferson sophomore pitcher Alyssa Olson had been close before, but never quite gotten there.
In a 14-0, five inning J-Hawk (28-8, 19-5 MVC) win against crosstown rival Kennedy (12-23, 7-17 MVC), Olson threw the first no-hitter of her career and was one walked batter away from a perfect game. As the innings went by, Olson tried not to think about what might happen.
"I try to push that out of my mind because if I keep it in there, I kind of focus on it too much," Olson said. "Then I get too much in my mind thinking about that and not about the actual game and the pitching aspect of it."
Jefferson jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning of the first game and never looked back. The J-Hawks then scored nine runs in the fifth inning, while Olson threw eight strikeouts.
"We are a very contagious hitting team," said Jefferson Coach Brian Erbe.
"If the top of the order doesn't get something done early, it just doesn't happen for us. When we have Stromert, Davidson, Grimm and Hansen getting base hits for us, everybody else just falls in line. It is very contagious and is a very good point for us."
In the second game, a 6-2 Jefferson win, Maddie Hansen continued to show her strength at the plate, blasting a two-run home run to left field in the third inning.
It was Hansen's sixth home run of the season.
"The nice thing about Maddie is she is more interested in (being) an RBI-type person than she is home runs," Erbe said. "She just needs to continue to hit the ball hard and that's what she focuses on."