By Rick Palsgrove
The Groveport Madison Cruisers recently had two stand out performances on the baseball and softball fields.
On April 17, Cruiser varsity baseball pitcher Tyler McKee, a senior, pitched a no hitter against Franklin Heights in a game the Cruisers won 12-0.
“The game was our fifth of the week,” said Cruiser varsity baseball coach Chris McKee. “We had experienced a couple of tough losses leading up to this one and really needed a spark. We gave Tyler the ball and asked him to command the strike zone, work fast, and control the pace. We also asked our lineup to let go of the disappointments of the previous games, put pressure on the defense, and play free and easy. It was a complete team effort that provided us with a much needed breath of fresh air.”
Cruiser varsity softball pitcher Kendyll Cahill pitched a perfect game in a Cruiser victory over Reynoldsburg on April 15.
“Kendyll had 12 strikeouts and went 2 for 2 with a home run and 3 RBIs and was intentionally walked twice,” said Cruiser varsity softball coach Chris Downing. “The performance all around a perfect way to have our first ever Senior Recognition Night on our new softball fields.”
Groveport Madison Athletic Director Steve Petros praised the performances.
“It has been fun watching our baseball team’s improvement,” said Petros. “We are inexperienced, but Coach McKee does a great job keeping our kids focused on getting better game by game.”
Petros said Cahill’s performance “was very special.”
“I’m not sure there are many perfect games to begin with,” said Petros. “To also knock in the winning runs is pretty incredible. Coach Downing has the team heading in the right direction.”