Hornets’ Whorley Dominates on the Mound

Hornets’ Whorley Dominates on the Mound

The Alameda High School (AHS) softball team pitcher Jasmine Whorley held two opponents scoreless in games last week.

First, Whorley threw a near perfect game in the Hornets’ 11-0 victory over hometown rival Encinal High School (EHS) on Tuesday, April 19 at home. She pitched a no hitter in her five innings on the mound — the game ended after the fifth inning because of the mercy rule. Whorley, a sophomore, had nine strikeouts in the contest. She was one hit-by-pitch away from pitching a perfect game.

The Hornets (8-4) were equally dominant at the plate. AHS roughed up EHS starting pitcher Cheyenne Caina. Caina, a freshman, allowed five earned runs and eight total runs, in four- and one-third innings. While trailing 8-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Encinal made a pitching change to senior Stella Cashin. Cashin allowed the final three runs of the game which produced the mercy rule and ended the contest. The Hornets scored at least one run in each of the five innings of the game, including four in the final inning.

Hornet senior Maddie Mersch went 3-for-4 from the plate including a homerun. She had four RBIs total in the contest. AHS freshman Katy Lambert also had four RBIs in the contest. She went 2-for-3 at the plate.

Whorley was just as efficient the very next day in Alameda’s 3-0 victory over Piedmont High School. Whorley again pitched a complete game, this time seven innings, and struck out 16 batters. She allowed just two hits and walked one batter. Whorley even drove in a run in the contest.

The Hornets were not as strong at the plate against the Highlanders as they were the Jets but did just enough to secure the victory. AHS led 1-0 entering the bottom of the sixth inning. They scored two insurance runs to put the contest away.

This season Whorley, a right-hander, has a 6-1 record with a 1.22 ERA, according to www.maxpreps.com. She has struck out 102 batters and walked just eight in 69 total innings.

The Hornets are in third place in the West Alameda County Conference (WACC) Foothill League with a 3-2 record. AHS will face Arroyo High of San Lorenzo on Friday, April 29 on the road and Berkeley High School on Wednesday, May 4.

Encinal High School
Encinal (8-4) was able to rebound from the loss to AHS with a resounding 10-0 victory over Tennyson High of Hayward on Monday, April 25 at home.

Cashin made up for her effort against the Hornets by pitching four scoreless innings against the Lancers. She had four strikeouts and allowed just one hit.

The Jets jumped on Tennyson early. They scored four runs in the first inning. They followed that with six runs in the bottom of the third inning. After Cashin and the Jets’ defense did not allow a run in the top of the fifth inning, the mercy rule went into effect.

Sophomore first baseman Lola Whalen hit a home run while going 2-for-3 from the plate. She had four RBIs in the game. Cashin and fellow senior Mady Leung both had two RBIs in the contest.

The Jets are in second place in the WACC Shoreline League with a 4-2 record. EHS will face Mt. Eden High of Hayward on Monday, May 2 and Piedmont High School on Wednesday, May 4.

St. Joseph Notre Dame
St. Joseph last played on April 6 in a one-sided 18-4 win over Making Waves Academy of Richmond. The team will face Head-Royce of Oakland Friday, April 29, at home.