Prep softball: Freshman Addie Gillespie strikes out 13 to lift Timpanogos over Orem
It seemed fitting that Addie Gillespie finished her complete game 3-hit shutout with a strikeout.
For seven innings Gillespie kept Orem guessing with the combination of a fastball, changeup, curveball and riser; just which pitch she decided to throw when was anybody's guess.
Gillespie, a freshman, fanned a career-high 13 in Thursday's 4-0 victory.
"Addie was just incredible today. When you have 13 strikeouts, that's a pretty good day," said Timpanogos coach Frank Bramall. "She threw strikes and we didn't make a lot of errors. When you have that along with some big hits from Jade [Kaplar], it adds up to a really big win for us."
Timpanogos got the only run it needed in the bottom of the first when Kaplar doubled. She advanced to third on a ground out and scored on a Tiger error.
Timpanogos put the game away with three runs in the fifth.
After Orem starter Kate Donaldson retired the leadoff batter, the Tigers defense let her down. Taylor Jones reached on an error. Kami Crowther then laid down a bunt. Third baseman Jocelyn Jacobs fielded it, realized she had no play at third and fired to first, but her throw was too late.
The Timberwolves kept the inning alive after Kierra Gordon followed with a soft line drive toward shortstop Jazlyne Price, who dove forward and fielded the ball on one hop. She tried to get Jones at home but her throw was not in time.
Kaplar followed with the big hit of the game, a double down the left-field line that scored two runs and pushed the lead to 4-0.
It was more than enough for Gillespie, who not only gave up just three hits but didn't walk a batter.
Orem's Donaldson was nearly as good. She allowed just two hits and struck out 10 in a losing effort.
The win helped Timpanogos to 4-4 in Region 7 while Orem dropped to 3-4.
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