NORTHWEST GLENDALE — In turning in one of her finer performances of the season Thursday afternoon, Glendale High starting pitcher Meghan Spencer proved instrumental in helping the Nitros prevail in the first of two regular-season meetings against cross-town rival Hoover.
Not only did the junior pitch a complete game with five strikeouts and no walks, but she also excelled at the plate, as she went three for four with two doubles and two runs batted in.
Naturally, Spencer had support in the lineup and out on the field as the Nitros tallied 14 hits on offense and committed one error on defense in a convincing 6-3 win against the host Tornadoes.
"Coming into the game, we felt really good and stayed positive," Spencer said. "We were comfortable that we would get the win. I had a rough game last game, so I was happy to get the start."
The Tornadoes (6-7, 2-4 in league) struck first, though, as they jumped on their opposing pitcher early, scoring two runs in the first inning on three hits. With runners on first and second, Alissa Barcena's two-out single scored Kaitlyn Williams and Lilly Rivera for the early 2-0 lead.