Candioto, Paradise shut down Holliday

By Reece Waddell | Published Tuesday, March 13, 2018.
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The Paradise Lady Panthers kept their unblemished league record intact Tuesday with a 2-0 victory over Holliday.

Kendall Candioto threw a complete game, one-hit shutout for Paradise. She struck out 13 over seven innings, moving the Lady Panthers to 11-3 overall and 3-0 in District 8-3A.

“Everything was working,” said Paradise coach Karin Essig of Candioto’s pitching. “Her change-up helped out a lot today. Everything was moving. I’m proud of her.”

Candioto kept the Lady Eagles off-balance with a mixture of rise balls and changeups, striking out the side in the second and third innings. Candioto had a no-hit bid going into the seventh inning until Holliday’s Kaitlynn Weatherread broke it up on a line-drive single to left field.

With the tying run at the plate and no outs, Candioto left Weatherread stranded at first base, getting the final three outs of the game to secure the win. Candioto said she did not realize going into the seventh inning she was three outs away from a no-hitter.

“I usually try not to think about [having a no-hitter],” Candioto said. “If I do, I tend to lose it and I get upset. My rise ball, which usually works a lot, and my changeup, surprisingly, were all working. My screwball was good, too.”

Paradise scored its only runs of the game in the third inning on a two-out, two-RBI single up the middle by Christina Tipton. After Sarah McKinney singled, Candioto kept the inning alive with a two-out double to put runners at second and third.

Tipton then used the middle of the field to send a sharply hit ground ball into center to plate the only two runs of the game.

“That was a real solid, big hit in a 0-0 game,” Essig said. “You get two outs and two runners on and an opportunity to score, you’re glad she’s patient.”

The Lady Panthers ran into trouble in the fourth inning when Candioto walked two straight batters to put runners on first and second, but Candioto was able to wiggle out of it. She fielded a bunt attempt from Holliday to retire the side.

In the sixth, second baseman Maddie Terry dove and snagged a ground ball to preserve Candioto’s no-hitter. While Paradise was unable to add any insurance runs in the bottom half of the inning, Candioto did not need them.

“I told my kids I think it’s a great thing to be able to win games in multiple ways,” Essig said. “I think it’s good to win a tight game where everybody plays solid

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