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Grizzlies' Millspaugh perfect against Heights softball

Northwest catcher Alex Millspaugh had free rein behind the plate Tuesday night at Two Rivers Youth Club. If she wanted a pitch, she'd call it.

Didn't matter if it was a fastball, changeup, screwball, drop, rise or curveball. Didn't matter the location.

Because whatever she called, Northwest pitcher Mac Millspaugh, Alex's twin, nailed it. The movement was there, she hit corners, she fooled the batters. She was masterful.

Millspaugh threw a perfect game, striking out 19 of 21 Heights hitters in an 8-0 victory in Game 1. Northwest came from behind to win the second game 10-3.

"She was unbelievable," Heights coach Kip Pulliam said of Millspaugh. "We had trouble making contact. We got through (the lineup) one time, and the second time she was overpowering us and beating us with the rise ball. She pitched a great game. We battled a couple times and tried to get back into it, but she overpowered us. She was hitting corners, top of the box, bottom of the box, hitting everything she wanted."

Millspaugh had one at-bat go to a 3-2 count. She threw first-pitch strikes to 18 of the 21 batters. She added five more strikeouts in Game 2, when she came on in relief in the final two innings. She did give up one hit, though.

"When she's on, she's on," Northwest coach Merri Copeland said.

It doesn't hurt that the Millspaughs have what Copeland calls one mind.

"Those two work so well together, anyway," Copeland said.

Alex Millspaugh agreed.

"I know her really well," she said. "But today, I could call anything, so it was really fun for me."

The rise ball worked most for Mac Millspaugh early, but when she realized Heights was expecting it, she turned to the screwball.

"I was hitting the corners," she said. "They thought it was going up, then I went inside or outside on them."

In the second game, Heights took a 3-1 lead in the fourth when Bree Drury hit an RBI triple and Katie Mertes and Taylor Ordway followed with RBI singles.

But Northwest's offense, which had four hits through the first five innings, responded with six runs on six hits in the sixth. Kaci Copeland had a two-RBI single, and three other Grizzlies had RBIs, including Mac Millspaugh's RBI double. Stephanie Shartzer added a two-run homer in the seventh.

Northwest010 430 0 — 8 13 0 Heights000 000 0 — 0 0 5

WP—Millspaugh. LP—Farkas.

Northwest001 006 3 — 10 13 1 Heights000 300 0 — 3 5 4

WP—Berlin. LP—Farkas. HR—NW, Shartzer.

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