The Paper photo by Lori Poteet(Left to right) Korbin Myers, Brooke England, McKenzi Jordan and Cali Wetli made school history with their regional win.
The Paper photo by Lori Poteet

(Left to right) Korbin Myers, Brooke England, McKenzi Jordan and Cali Wetli made school history with their regional win.
SWAYZEE-History has been made.

And history is going to remember McKenzi Jordan.

The senior slinger tossed a no hitter, whiffed 14 batters, scored four runs, hit a dinger and probably helped an elderly gentleman walk across the street Tuesday night. The result? Southmont's Lady Mounties won the first softball regional title in school history, 5-0 over Oak Hill.

"It's something that everyone dreams of, especially to go down in history (with the first regional win)," Jordan said.

Jordan, as she has been all year and especially in the postseason, was at the forefront of a formidable Southmont attack that left the host Golden Eagle baffled.

Southmont got on the board immediately thanks to Jordan's leadoff double, a sacrifice bunt from Rachel Welliever and an RBI-single from Sydney Casteel.

After walking the first batter of the game, Jordan struck out the side to set the tone right away.

"I was overthrowing the ball (to the first hitter)," Jordan explained, citing an unusual pitching surface that she had to adjust to. "This rubber was a little different, but you can use that excuse all day long. I just had to change angles and really dig low on my rise ball to get it in the strike zone.

"My screwball was my go-to pitch this game. That was the good one," she added.

The Mounties squandered a Brooke England single in the second, but it pushed the top of the lineup around to start the third.

The top of the order meant another at-bat for Jordan. This time she popped one off the scoreboard in left field for a solo home run.

Welliever was able to tally an RBI in the sixth, bringing Jordan in on a groundout.

"We knew coming in, based on the numbers that we were at a place that if we played well we should win the game," said first-year head coach Britney Carpenter. "If we took care of our end of it the score would take care of itself.

"When your pitcher gives you a no hitter and the defense makes plays behind her - that's what it takes," she added."

Casteel would single again in the seventh to score Jordan, who earned a leadoff walk. Morgan Laws put the final touches on with an RBI-single to plate Casteel.

"That's my job for the team - to get on base as the leadoff," said Jordan. "I knew that if I got on base then we would start a rally. And we all started hitting after that."

After the first inning, Oak Hill did not have another baserunner until their No. 6 hitter was plunked with an offspeed pitch in the fifth.

"McKenzi has just been geared up for this for four years," Carpenter said. "It's pretty much like clockwork. McKenzi gets on, Rachel moves her over and Sydney brings her in."

Oak Hill, who rallied in the bottom of the seventh to win their sectional title, almost grabbed some momentum this time around. Their top player, Rene Spaulding, battled Jordan to a 13-pitch at bat to lead things off in the final at bat. Jordan won the battle, getting the strikeout and stealing the last bit of momentum.

"That was huge. That kind of deflated the sails," said Carpenter.

Southmont's only other sectional title came in 2009. That year they lost 12-0 at the regional to Roncalli.

The Lady Mounties (22-8) will now travel to Greentown to play in the two-game semistate Saturday at Eastern High School. They will meet Hammond Bishop Noll, 9-1 winners Tuesday over North Newton, at approximately 1 p.m. The winner will meet the winner of the 11 a.m. game, either Elwood or Eastside. The championship game will be played at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Until then?

"We just have to keep rolling," Jordan said.

"Practice as usual," added Carpenter.