BOUNTIFUL This is how good Bountiful pitcher Jessica Martin is: She threw a no-hitter on Tuesday, and couldn't wait to get in the circle again to make up for what she thought was a sub-par performance.
Statistically, Martin was a little worse in the Braves' 9-0 win over Olympus in the second round of the 4A state tournament on Thursday. She "only" threw a one-hitter, but she felt much more pleased with how she pitched than she did on Tuesday.
"I had a rough day on Tuesday, so it felt good to come out and throw like I know I can," Martin said. "It's good confidence going into state."
Martin became perhaps the first player in softball history to be displeased with throwing a no-hitter when she tossed one in Bountiful's 15-0 win over West on Tuesday. She's correct in that she wasn't at her best, as she walked five batters in a game that lasted just three innings because of the mercy rule.
"You didn't see it," Martin said. "It was really bad."
But not even Martin could find any flaws in how she threw against the Titans. She was dominant, as she recorded 10 strikeouts and walked just one batter.
"She really hit her spots today," said Bountiful coach Butch Latey. "That's about as good as I've seen her."
Martin's pitching has been one of the keys to the Braves' current hot streak. Bountiful, the Region 5 champions, has won nine consecutive games. Thursday's win put the team in the 4A winners' bracket semifinals where it will face Tooele on Tuesday. Olympus will play Sky View in the one-loss bracket.
Bountiful's offense jumped on Olympus early, scoring two runs in each of the first two innings. Lead-off hitter Taylor Austin provided the Braves with quite a spark, going 4-for-4 from the plate with a triple. She is 8-for-8 in Bountiful's two state-tournament games.
The Braves' Madison White has been nearly as spectacular. She went 3-for-4 against Olympus, and has six hits in Bountiful's two tournament games.
"We just came out ready to play and everyone was ready to go," Martin said. "We just came and did what we had to."
Martin had more hits (two) than she allowed in the game. Alexis Hart and Lindsay Parkin also had two hits.
The Braves know the competition will be much stiffer at the Valley Complex next week. They are probably a slight underdog in their matchup with Tooele, winners of four of the last five 3A championships."We haven't played them or seen them," Latey said. "We just have to show up and see what happens.