FORESTVILLE – Bishop McNamara High School pitcher Bailey Wilcox finished a six-inning no-hitter, including 13 strikeouts, in a huge 11-0 win over St. John’s on April 6.
The dominating outing from Wilcox was aided by the offensive support of the McNamara bats of left fielder Jaylah Romero-Thompson (two hits, RBI, three runs scored) and second baseman Tay-Lor Albright (three RBI including a walk-off triple).
The slaughter started off at the bottom of the first when freshman Makayla Marbury got her only hit of the day with an RBI single that sent home shortstop Jade Greene.
The first inning ended at 2-0 with an Albright ground ball that proved to be costly for St. John’s when second baseman Haile Proctor recorded an error fielding the ball, driving in another Mustang run.
The Cadets committed seven errors in total, while senior pitcher Raye Thomas managed to strike out seven batters. However, Thomas gave up four earned runs in the five innings she pitched.
Wilcox continued her outstanding performance by mowing down St. John’s for a quick 1-2-3 inning at the bottom of the second.
Meanwhile, McNamara was dominant on offense again, scoring four more times, as Greene continued her solid day when she hit her second RBI of the game, sending home first baseman Ndeyah Vaughan and utility player Kennedy Atwater on a groundball double.
The tandem of Romero-Thompson and Albright advanced the Mustangs’ lead by six runs; First, Romero-Thompson connected with line drive RBI double, driving in a run. Albright followed up by slapping a hard ground ball to center field to bring Romero-Thompson home.
The third inning was fast and efficient for Wilcox, who quickly struck out three batters. The Cadets nearly escaped the fourth inning unscathed before Romero-Thompson stepped up to the plate. She knocked a booming RBI double to center field as McNamara continued scoring.
In the bottom of the ninth, Greene stole home off a wild pitch to push their lead to nine runs. Albright ended solidified the victory with a walk-off triple, that drove in the final two runs for McNamara. The Mustangs will look to continue their winning ways on April 11 against Our Lady of Good Counsel High School.