Waco Midway’s Chandlar Coskrey tossed a two-hitter to lead the Pantherettes to a District 8-5A road win over Killeen on Monday afternoon.
Midway upped its district-leading record to 4-0 (14-5 overall). Killeen fell to 0-4 in district play (1-9 overall).
Midway led 6-0 through three frames, broke the game open with a seven-run fourth inning and left town with a 16-0 win. (The contest ended after five innings due to the 10-run rule.)
“That is one fantastic pitcher we faced today,” Killeen seven-year head coach Randy James said of Coskrey. “Midway always seems to have great pitchers and they definitely have another one this year. She did everything they needed her to do today.”
Coskrey is just a sophomore.
“The pitches that were working best for me today were my two-seam and screwball, my drop-ball and then, every now and then, my changeup,” she said.
“Chandler threw incredible today,” said Midway four-year head coach Michelle Edwards. “She was in her zone. And when she gets in her zone, she can be very hard to hit.”
Killeen junior Asia Hill had a single in the first inning and sophomore teammate Raven Hollimon got a base hit in the fifth.
“It was a fun at-bat,” Hollimon said of her fifth-inning single. “I went up there swinging and hit the first pitch. (Coskrey) is such a great pitcher, so I feel very proud to have gotten a hit off her.”
Of her first-inning hit, Hill said, “The key for me was to just take my time at the plate and stay relaxed.
“Overall, I do think we played very hard as a team.”
Coskrey and Edwards agreed.
“Killeen kept their spirits up the whole game,” Coskrey said. “They kept fighting. Usually, teams that get behind a lot of runs lose interest. Killeen kept fighting.”
“Coach James always coaches his kids to play hard and they respond,” Edwards said.
“We knew they’d come up to the plate and be swinging, and they did. Chandlar said it perfectly: Killeen was aggressive, didn’t give up and fought to the end.
“I think they’ve made a big jump from last year.”
“I do feel we’ve made progress as a team,” said Killeen junior Chani Burnett who drew a first-inning walk off Coskrey.
Freshman McKenzie Alexander was in the circle all five innings for Killeen. She struck out three, and nine of the runs Midway scored were unearned.
“McKenzie will be a real special pitcher for us,” James said. “She’s come a long way in such a short time. Today, we asked her to throw strikes and that’s what she did. That’s a fantastic team we just faced and to strike out three of their hitters is very good.”
Midway won the state title in 2010, was runner-up in 2011 and 2012 and has set the bar high for itself this season.
“State,” Coskrey said. “We’re gonna win state.”