Shelby Mast Tosses No-Hitter in Collegiate Debut / Hands DeKleine First Win as Calvin Coach
Monday, March 22, 2010
TUCSON, AZ - It’s safe to say that neither Sharon DeKleine or Shelby Mast will forget Monday’s season opener against the Cardinals of Otterbein College. The contest not only marked the Calvin head coaching debut for DeKleine, but also the collegiate debut for Mast who graduated from Hudsonville High School last spring.
In her collegiate debut, Mast tossed a no-hitter in a 7-2 Calvin victory. In the process, she handed DeKleine her first victory as a head college coach.
In seven innings of work against Otterbein, Mast struck out nine batters and walked one. She also hit one batter. Both of Otterbein’s runs were the result of Calvin errors with the Knights committing three errors on the afternoon.
Calvin jumped out to a 3-0 lead with three runs in the bottom of the third with freshman Aubree Thompson (Grand Rapids Christian HS) ripping a two-run RBI single in the inning. In the top of the fourth, Otterbein scored a pair of runs on two Calvin errors, a fielder’s choice and a sacrifice fly. The Knights answered back with a run in the bottom of the fourth and added three more in the bottom of the sixth on a two-run RBI single by sophomore Marie Prins (Unity Christian HS) and a sacrifice fly by junior Sass Van Rooyen (Beamsville, ON).
In the process, Mast retired 10 of the final 11 batters she faced with the only batter not retired reaching base on an error in the top of the seventh.
The no-hitter by Mast is the first by a Calvin pitcher since Rachelle Heyboer acehived the feat in a victory over Olivet in 2002. The no-hitter for Mast also comes on the heels of a bout with cancer last spring. For more on Mast’s comeback from cancer, visit the Grand Rapids Press Web site for a well-crafted story written by Grand Rapids Press Preps sports editor Jane Bos at: Grand Rapids Press Story on Shelby Mast
“It was a very exciting win for everyone involved,” said DeKleine. “Shelby pitched a wonderful game and our defense made some fine plays behind her. Our offense also got going and came up with some key hits. It was a great way to start the season for our team.”
Calvin collected eight hits in the victory including two apiece from Prins and sophomore Kim VandenAkker (Grand Rapids Christian HS). Senior Whisper Miller (Reed City HS) also had a triple and scored two runs. In addition, freshman Hannah DeWeerd (Grand Rapids Christian HS) and Ashley Oosterink (Calvin Christian HS) belted doubles.
Calvin later faced the University of British Columbia in an afternoon game and was defeated 9-0. The game will not count on Calvin’s won-loss record this year however as it came against a Canadian opponent.
Calvin returns to play on Tuesday morning in Tucson, facing Ancilla College at 9 a.m. and George Fox University at 11 a.m.