STATE COLLEGE — Jess Henderson put herself in the history books for State College softball on Monday.
The sophomore pitched a perfect game and State College hammered Altoona 10-0 in five innings.
Henderson improved her record to 8-2 and prevented Altoona players from reaching base with six strikeouts.
“I feel really happy for her,” State College coach Rick Hall said. “I told her she has to thank her infield.”
Sharaya Simco and Laura Harris generated run support with two RBIs apiece while Hannah Sefter, Megan Robert, Hope Guthoff and Michaela Rittenhouse added RBIs for the Lady Little Lions (10-6). State College picked up runs in every inning, plating two in the first, three in the seocnd, one in the third and four in the fourth.
While Henderson continually stymied the Mountain Lions, striking out six batters, she also got help from her teammates in the infield.
Specifically, shortstop Corey Marfitt and second baseman Robert made plays on balls to get crucial outs to preserve the perfect outing.
“They did a nice job defensively on a couple of balls that were outs,” Hall said, “and I said, ‘Anytime you pitch a perfect game you have to thank your infield.’”
The Lady Little Lions were helped by some wildness from Altoona pitcher Andrea Parrish, who whipped seven wild pitches to go with two more passed balls and an error for Altoona (1-16).
State College is back on the field Tuesday in Chambersburg to continue a game against the Trojans that was suspended when rain struck last Friday. The game will pick up in the top of the fourth inning with Chambersburg leading 4-1.
Meanwhile, State College will await its first-round matchup in the District 6 Class AAAA playoffs. Brackets were announced for baseball and the other three classes in softball Monday, but have not yet been announced in AAAA.