Emma Gillard pitches perfect game as Ravenna passes Shelby in WMC softball twin bill


Ravenna pitcher Emma Gillard threw a perfect game to lead the Bulldogs to a 10-0 Game 1 victory over Shelby in a West Michigan Conference softball game on Tuesday.

Gillard struck out eight batters in the victory and was backed up by a six-run second inning by the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs were led at the plate by Addison Gillard with four hits while Emma Herremans, Kara Postema, Maddie Kilbourne and Liberty Wilick each had two hits.

Ravenna used their offensive drive to outscore the Tigers in the five-inning final drink, 17-6.

Emma Gillard again scored the victory on the mound for Ravenna, striking out four while allowing six runs and five hits.

The Ravenna batters hit a huge third inning, scoring nine runs.

Herremans led on offense with three hits while Postema finished with three hits, including a triple. Addison Gillard, Kilbourne and Kendra Denhof each had two hits for Ravenna. Kilbourne scored a triple in the win.

Shelby was trailed at the plate by Daphne Clark and Megan Sly with two hits apiece. Clark posted a triple and had two RBIs while Sly’s play included a single and a double.

Ravenna is now 21-2 overall and 10-2 in West Michigan Conference play.

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