She ended up on the losing side, but Mandy Schuerman was the center of attention.
Schuerman struck out 12 batters and hit a pair of sky-high fly balls to the fence, but it wasn't enough to help East Bay in a 4-0 loss to Riverview. Sloppy defense cost the Indians (11-2-1), who made four errors and allowed four unearned runs.
Riverview (13-2) pitcher Adie Clark won to improve to 7-0, and Schuerman moved to to 8-3-1 with the loss.
"We knew coming in we would have to play errorless ball to beat Schuerman," Riverview coach Angie Slater said. "We also knew she could beat almost any team all by herself.
"However, our defense played flawless, Adie pitched a great game and our hitters forced them to make mistakes. We were bound and determined to make things happen and they did."
Clark shut out the Indians by limiting most hitters to ground balls. Meanwhile, Schuerman overpowered most of the Riverview hitters but made a few mistakes. Riverview got three hits; East Bay got two, both doubles by Schuerman.
"I trust my defense and I don't get nervous at all when opponents put the ball in play," Clark said. "Against Mandy I kept it low and outside, so she would have to hit it high. She did."
A pair of Indians errors gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Lindsey Hurner led off with a walk. Schuerman struck out the next two, but Indians first baseman Kristin Killingsworth dropped a pop fly to allow Brittany Glawson to reach first, and Hurner moved to third. Glawson stole second, and catcher Amanda Smith's throw flew into centerfield, allowing Hurner to score.
Riverview's next three runs came in the sixth inning after Heidi Wendell reached first on a single. Another wild throw by Smith went into right field, allowing Kaycie Manes to reach first and Wendell third. Smith made a third wild throw to allow Wendell to score, and a passed ball allowed Manes to score.The Sharks made it 4-0 when Tiffany Goolsby reached first on a fielder's choice, stole second and third, and came home on a wild pitch by Schuerman.
"I can't believe we played so badly tonight," East Bay coach Glenn Rodriquez said. "If we have to have a bad game, I'm glad it's over."