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March 30, 2013

PREP SOFTBALL: Goodwin tosses 3rd perfecto, Raiders win all 3 at round-robin tourney

CARBON HILL — Perfect games aren’t supposed to come easy.

Try telling that to Good Hope’s Cara Goodwin, who breezed to her third of the season with a six-inning, 15-strikeout gem in a 11-0 win on Saturday. With the UAB signee in the pitcher’s circle, the Raiders also defeated Parrish 3-1 and host Carbon Hill 3-0 to finish round-robin play as the only undefeated team.

The Stallions, ranked No. 8 in the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s latest Class 1A rankings, were simply no match for 3A No. 6 Good Hope.

The Raider bats were just as hot as Goodwin’s arm, led by a two-hit, three-RBI performance from Josie McDonald. Goodwin helped her own cause with a two-RBI double, Bailie Andrew and Kayla Tillman pitched in an RBI single apiece, and Darby Randolph came through with a pair of hits.

Good Hope’s second game was much closer than its first, but 1A No. 5 Parrish didn’t have any answers for Goodwin, either. This time around, the ace struck out 12 and allowed just three hits and two walks in seven innings of work.

Senior catcher Darcie Wilson slugged her first home run of the season, and Tillman went berserk with three hits and one RBI. Randolph was good for a triple, and Goodwin contributed a hit.

The Raiders were just able to get five innings in versus Carbon Hill before the rainfall became significant enough to stop play. That was just enough time for Maegan Sterling to reel off two hits, one of which was her first career home run.

“You don’t usually see the ball sneak out of the park on a cold rainy day, but we’ll take it,” Good Hope coach Wayne Harris said with a laugh.

Goodwin tossed her second shutout of the day, giving up only one hit and striking out 11 to put her three-game total at an eye-popping 38 K’s. She also rounded out a successful day at the plate with two more hits.

Tillman and Andrews were also responsible for a hit apiece.

The Raiders, who have ridden an 11-game winning streak to a 19-5 record, will host Winston County and Cold Springs on Tuesday.

% The Times’ sports editor Rob Ketcham contributed to this report. 

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