Prep Baseball & Softball

Columbia’s Rheinecker, Touchette are perfect in Eagles’ win over Wesclin

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On a day where Columbia ace Kaelyn Rheinecker was perfect on the mound, senior third baseman Lexi Touchette achieved perfection at the plate against the Wesclin Warriors Monday.

Touchette backed the perfect game effort of Rheinecker by going 6-for-6 with five RBI as the Eagles (14-5) demolished Wesclin 17-0 in a Cahokia Conference softball game at Trenton City Park.

Rheinecker (5-3) struck out 12 of the 21 Warriors hitters she faced in the perfect game effort. She followed that up the following day against Red Bud by allowing just two hits in four innings of relief.

“Kaelyn threw a great game all around. Perfect games do not come around very often, but she has been working really hard and throwing the ball well,’’ Columbia coach Brianna Weilbacher said. “She had 12 strikeouts and when the ball was hit her defense was right there to back her up. She was locating her pitches really well and getting ahead. I thought that she did a great job making adjustments and really attacking the zone.’’

In raising her batting average to .492, Touchette had two doubles for the Eagles who banged out 17 hits. Columbia put the game away in the seventh inning with a 10-run outburst. Teammate Mikaela Kossina added a 4-for-5 effort at the plate and also drove in five runs. She, too, followed up her perfect Wesclin performance by going 2-for-3 at Red Bud.

““Lexi had a great day at the plate,’’ Weilbacher said. “She has been seeing the ball really well all year, and we work on driving the ball and hitting line drives everyday and that is what she did against Wesclin! She zoned in on her pitch and also had some really great quality at bats.’’