ANDALE, Kan.—Andale-Garden Plain’s Sydnee Eck played the night of her life Monday against visiting Buhler. Eck got the start in the circle for the first game of the doubleheader and went to work.
Andale won 7-0 behind a phenomenal line from Eck. She threw a no-hitter, struck out an astounding 21 batters and hit two home runs in the first game. Eck faced one more than the minimum 21 with 22 batters. She added a third home run in the second game.
Eck was unaware she had struck out all but one batter until after the game when a reporter told her about it.
“I just go out and throw,” she said with a laugh. “I just went out there and threw the best I could and that’s what ended up happening.”
Eck’s best showed that she is on another level than her counterparts. One ball was put in play on a swinging bunt. It took a good play from third base to get the batter out and preserve the no-hitter.
“I knew there was the one play that the girl almost got on,” Eck said. “I have a great defense behind me. (Catcher) Alli (Heimerman) calls a great game for me and I trust her and everything she calls for me. She kept them off-balance back there.”