CHANTILLY, VA – Desiree Serrano threw the first perfect game in team history as the Washington Glory defeated the Venezuelan National Team, 3-0 Sunday night at the Westfield Softball Complex.
Serrano, the reigning NPF Pitcher of the Year showed why she earned that honor improving to 3-2 on the season with her masterpiece, striking out four batters on 83 pitches with 53 strikes.
Rightfielder Nicole Barber returned from a wedding and got off right where she left off, leading off the game with a home run to left field. Barber’s fourth round-tripper of the season ties her for the league lead, and was the second leadoff home run in team history. Both of those leadoff shots were by Barber this season.
Centerfielder LaDonia Hughes kept the first inning going with a single up the middle. Hughes advanced to third on consecutive walks issued to designated player Callista Balko and first baseman Oli Keohohou. Hughes later scored as third baseman Sara Larquier was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Washington would add one more run in the second as leftfielder Catalina Morris scored from second on a throwing error by the catcher.
Hughes led the Glory with two hits, while Barber, Morris, shortstop Amber Jackson and pinch hitter Jessica Dignon all collected a base knock. Keohohou reached base twice via the free pass increasing her league-leading total to 16.
Johana Gomez took the loss for Venezuela as she only retired one batter. Mariangee Bogado pitched the rest of the game allowing just one run on four hits over 5.2 innings.
Washington now has a week off before hosting Chinese Taipei in a four-game series starting Monday, June 30 at the Westfield Softball Complex.