Vienna’s Simmons opens senior season with perfect game

By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 8/31/22

Whether it be softball or baseball, a dream of any pitcher is to throw a perfect game during their high school career.

For Vienna Lady Eagle senior Abrea Simmons, her dream came true during their …

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Vienna’s Simmons opens senior season with perfect game

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Whether it be softball or baseball, a dream of any pitcher is to throw a perfect game during their high school career.

For Vienna Lady Eagle senior Abrea Simmons, her dream came true during their season opener Friday on the road against Stoutland’s Lady Tigers.

Helping her own cause in the top of the second inning Friday at Stoutland, Simmons gave herself all the offense she would need with a RBI ground out scoring courtesy runner Andrea Novak who replaced Terra Huffman after she recorded a one-out single.

Scoring 11 more runs over the next three innings, Simmons capped her perfect game with a strikeout for the final out of Vienna’s 12-0 season-opening victory in five innings at Stoutland.

Needing only 62 pitches to achieve perfection, Simmons struck out six batters to go along with four ground ball outs and five outs through the air.

After Simmons’ aforementioned RBI ground out in the top of the second inning, Vienna added another tally mark in the top of the third inning.

Marissa Hollis led the frame off with a single before being retired on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Jaelee Stricklan.

Stealing second base, Stricklan would eventually score on a two-out RBI single off the bat of Aubrey Reeves doubling Vienna’s lead to 2-0 after three innings.

Aerosmith must have been playing in Vienna’s dugout during the top of the fourth inning.

That is because they drew four walks which eventually led to five runs.

Kayla Hertzing led the top of the fourth off with a walk before a back-to-back singles from Huffman and Simmons loaded the bases for center fielder Madison Weeks.

Drawing a bases-loaded walk, Weeks gave Vienna a 3-0 lead.

Adding to her lead off single in the second inning, Marissa Hollis delivered a two-RBI single scoring Novak and Kiera Hollis (courtesy runner for Simmons) bumping the Lady Eagle advantage to 5-0.

After Weeks stole home, Stricklan delivered a RBI sacrifice bunt scoring Marissa Hollis to give Vienna a 7-0 lead on the road at Stoutland after four innings.

Needing at least three runs to possibly end the game in five innings, the Lady Eagles got that and then some during a five-run top of the fifth inning.

Simmons led off the inning being hit by a pitch before Kiera Hollis once again replaced her on the base paths as a courtesy runner.

Pinch hitting for Weeks, Aubrey Schwartze laced a double into center field.

Both runners went on to score on passed balls.

Marissa Hollis reached base for the third time on a walk before scoring on a Reeves RBI ground out.

Stricklan and Salene George were both also hit by pitches before scoring on errors pushing Vienna’s lead into double digits.

Three outs away from perfection, Simmons entered the bottom of the fifth inning with a 12-0 lead.

Getting a fly out, ground out and a strikeout, Simmons finished her perfect game.

Going for the sweep in junior varsity softball action at Stoutland, Vienna scored five runs in the first and second innings helping them to a 13-1 victory in five innings.

Adelynn James went three innings allowing an unearned run on no hits and a walk to go along with nine strikeouts.

Ava Kloeppel and Andrea Novak led the JV Lady Eagles with two hits apiece.

Recording one hit each were Kiera Hollis, Cara Petershagen, Olivia Hagan, Schwartze and James.

Scoring a game-high two runs each were Kara Bastion, Charlotte Kilmer and Kloeppel.

Crossing the plate once for the JV Lady Eagles were Andrea Novak, Kiera Hollis, Madeleine Novak, Julianna Davis, Schwartze, Petershagen and Hagan.

Monday night in their home opener against Linn, offense was scarce between the host Lady Eagles and visiting Lady Wildcats.

Scattering three hits over seven innings, Simmons saw a Salene George one-out triple turn into a run following an Aubrey Schwartze RBI ground out in the bottom of the third inning.

That run was enough offense for Simmons who tossed her second shutout in as many games helping Vienna to a 2-0 start after a 1-0 victory over Linn.

George led the Lady Eagles with two hits in addition to scoring the lone run of the game.

Riley Rosentreter and Marissa Hollis also had base hits for Vienna against Linn.

Junior varsity softball action between the Lady Eagles and Lady Wildcats was equally as tight.

Adelynn James tossed her first shutout of the season on 51 pitches allowing three hits with no walks and three strikeouts.

A one-out triple off the bat of Kiera Hollis turned into the lone run scored in the game on a wild pitch during Jaedyn Schell’s at bat in the bottom of the second inning.

Hitting the road last night (Tuesday) into Phelps County to take on St. James’ Lady Tigers, Vienna will open the September portion of their season after the Labor Day holiday weekend on Tuesday, Sept. 6 with another road game in Cole County against Russellville’s Lady Indians with a 5 p.m., first pitch.

Vienna’s next home action will be on Thursday, Sept. 8 when Jefferson City’s Lady Jays make the trek south on U.S. Highway 63 to face the Lady Eagles with another 5 p.m., first pitch at Vienna City Park.

Two days later on Saturday, Sept. 10, Chandler Harker’s Vienna Lady Eagles will host their annual Vienna Softball Invitational.

More details on the tournament will be in next week’s Advocate.

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