Abby DeJoode has had an outstanding season in the circle for the Pleasantville Trojan softball team. She added to her list of 2019 achievements with a perfect game in the opening contest of a double header against Madrid on June 20.
“I try not to think about it,” DeJoode said of her thoughts during the four-inning contest, in which she faced only 12 batters. In the back of her mind, she knew she was nearing a perfect game, but thinking about it makes her too nervous.
But as she scooped up a ground ball and threw it to first for the final out, she knew she had done it.
DeJoode struck out six of the 12 batters she faced, with her defense making no errors. Offensively, the Trojans jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first inning. They scored another run in the second before blowing up again with a seven-run fourth to finish off Madrid in game one, 14-0.
Makenzie McGriff and Sydnee McKinney each had two doubles in the game. The Trojans had 17 hits overall.
In game two, Madrid put up more of a fight and actually led the game 4-3 in the middle of the sixth. That was until Hannah Gibson went deep to left center in the Trojan half of the inning to tie it at 4.
In the seventh, McKinney reached on a shortstop error. McGriff bunted her to second and Faith Vanderhart drove a double into deep left field for the game-winning RBI.
DeJoode came back into the circle in game two to relieve starter Vanderhart. Both Trojan pitchers had three strikeouts in game two.
DeJoode feels very lucky to be a part of the Trojan softball team, with so many close friends and a stellar coaching staff. She has already committed to attend Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, where she will continue her softball career – primarily as a pitcher.
On Saturday, June 22, DeJoode and the Trojans travel to Ankeny for a tournament, where they will face Ankeny and Ballard. DeJoode will likely pitch the Ballard game, as her Iowa Central coach will be in attendance to see what she and a future teammate can do.
Pleasantville softball is now 19-5 on the season.