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Spruell tosses a perfect game; Hillsboro shuts out Miami Trace

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Hillsboro junior pitcher Camryn Spruell pitched a perfect game Monday evening against Miami Trace. (HCP Photo/Stephen Forsha)
Stephen Forsha, The Highland County Press

Hillsboro junior pitcher Camryn Spruell pitched a perfect game on Monday evening, as she and the Lady Indians defeated the visiting Miami Trace Lady Panthers, 8-0 at Hillsboro High School. 

Spruell continued her dominant season with the perfect game, allowing no hits, runs or walks, and no batter from Miami Trace reached the bases, as HHS also played errorless softball. Spruell threw the perfect game on 89 pitches, 68 for strikes, finishing the game with an outstanding 20 strikeouts. 

This is Spruell’s second career perfect game as a Lady Indian, as she recorded a perfect game as a freshman in a 10-0 win over Washington on May 5, 2022.

In the first inning, Spruell struck out all three batters on swinging strikeouts. In the second inning, Spruell struck out the lead-off batter, followed by forcing a popup out back to herself, and the third out of the inning was a called third strike on a 3-2 count. 

In the third inning, Spruell in the circle had a swinging strikeout against the lead-off batter, followed by two more swinging strikeouts for nine-up, nine-down. 

The fourth inning with Spruell in the circle at Hillsboro High School saw her retire three more Lady Panthers with three consecutive strikeouts on 12 pitches in the inning, all three being swinging third strikes. 

Spruell continued her dominant effort in the circle against Miami Trace in the top of the fifth with a swinging strikeout to start the inning, followed by a dropped third strike as the runner was thrown out at first base, and the inning ended with a three-pitch at-bat, resulting in a swinging strikeout. 

Hillsboro in the sixth saw their pitcher Spruell strike out three more batters with a called third strike for the first out, followed by two more swinging strikeouts, as the junior pitcher threw 14 pitches in the inning. 

In the top of the seventh, Spruell completed the perfect game with three straight strikeouts, as she threw a swinging strike three to the lead-off batter in the inning, followed by a called third strike, and the game ended with a swinging third strike. 

Catching the perfect game for the Lady Indians was Reagan Clemons.

Then there was the offensive performance by the Lady Indians at the plate, as Spruell hit her ninth home run of the season for the Lady Indians, finishing 1-for-4 with one run and one RBI. 

As a team, the Lady Indians totaled nine hits. 

Hillsboro also had Mylea Fridley finish 2-for-4 with one run, one steal and two RBI in the eight-run win by the Lady Indians.

Chloe Roberts also had two hits as she was 2-for-3 with two runs, hitting two doubles. 

Eowyn Brown finished the game with a double, as she was 1-for-4 with two steals. 

Addi Huff went 1-for-3 with a run, one triple and two RBI, while teammate Isabelle Brunck was 1-for-2 with one walk. Meredith Dietrick ended the game at 1-for-1 with a run scored. 

The Lady Indians also had Halle Reveal score one, and Rhianna Clemons also scored a run for Hillsboro. 

The win keeps Hillsboro in sole possession of first place in the FAC, moving to a conference record of 7-0 and overall record of 15-2 this season. 

Hillsboro will face Miami Trace again on Tuesday, April 23 on the road at Miami Trace High School with a 5 p.m. first pitch. 

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