Durant senior pitcher Paige Compton didn't come to the state softball tournament to have fun. This is strictly a business trip.
So far, so good.
Determined and sometimes snarling inside the circle, Compton authored a two-hit shutout yesterday evening on Diamond 2 at Rogers Park to propel the third-rated Wildcats to a 2-0 victory over unranked Lawton-Bronson in a Class 2A quarterfinal-round contest.
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Durant pitcher Paige Compton (left) jumps into the arms of teammate Lindsay Kelting Monday at Rogers Park. For more photos, please visit CU?at www.messengernews.net
The Eagles (23-11) managed just two infield singles off Compton, who fanned seven and retired the side in order on three occasions. Taylor Roder led off with an infield single in the first inning and Anna Dreesen beat out a bunt single in the third.
Otherwise, Lawton-Bronson had nothing to offer against Compton.
"This is my last year and I'm giving it all I got," Compton said. "I have a lot of confidence, so I go out there acting like every batter is my victim."
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Paige Compton (7 SO, 0 BB) and Kristin Porstmann. Lexi Binder (4 SO, 4 BB) and Jacey Ross. W-Compton. L-Binder. 2B-Durant: Ashli Williams, Shannon Telsrow, Aubrey Bland. RBI-Durant: Porstmann.
Lawton-Bronson freshman hurler Lexi Binder pushed her team to state for the first time in school history by striking out a class-best 376 batters during the regular season and journey to state. But she whiffed just four and walked four while taking a backseat to her Durant (33-8) counterpart.
"They've got a good pitcher, but we feel like we've got a pretty good one, too," Durant head coach Steve Hopkins said. "Paige is a competitor and she just wants to win."
Durant - last year's 2A third-place finisher that returns eight starters - jumped on Lawton-Bronson in the first inning. Sidney Lilienthal walked and eventually reached third. She scored on a botched pick-off attempt.
The Wildcats, winners of eight straight and 13 of their last 15, added an insurance run in the fourth on an RBI base hit to right by Kristin Porstmann that brought Shannon Telsrow to the dish. Jaclyn Ralfs also attempted to score on the play, but was gunned down at home.
Telsrow, Ashli Williams and Aubrey Blank all lashed doubles for the Wildcats, who moved into Thursday's semifinal round where they will face unranked Ridge View (31-11) at 1:30 p.m. on Diamond 2.
"We would have really loved to win that state championship last year, but it didn't happen," Compton said. "That's the goal this year though."
Lawton-Bronson left four runners stranded on the base paths, two in scoring position. The Eagles had a runner at third in the seventh, but were unable to break though.
Lawton-Bronson will take on No. 6-ranked and host school St. Edmond (26-9) in a consolation semifinal on Wednesday at noon on Yankee Diamond.