By Tim Donohoo
For the Courier
Sophomore pitcher Jessica Jarecki hurled a complete game one-hit shutout and added a double in the sixth inning to lead Chatfield to a convincing 5-0 victory over visiting Bear Creek on Sept. 21 at Chatfield Senior High School.
Jarecki, a second-team all-conference selection as a freshman in 2012, dominated from start to finish, yielding the lone hit to Bear Creek first baseman Selena Villa down the left-field line in the first inning. The Lady Chargers’ right-hander went on to retire the next 18 batters before an infield throwing error gave Bear Creek its first runner in six innings.
“I started out the first inning kind of slow,” Jarecki said following her 73-pitch seven-strikeout performance. “But I began to get into the game, got into a rhythm and started to get out on top of every hitter to get that cushion. I thought I did pretty well.”
With the win, the Lady Chargers are 7-6 overall and 2-1 in the 5A Jeffco League. Bear Creek fell to 6-9 on the season and winless after five conference games.
In the bottom of the fourth inning and the game scoreless, Rachel VanGulick and Quinn Dentino led off the inning for Chatfield with a pair of doubles. VanGulick scored on Dentino’s shot off the bottom of the left-field wall, and senior Madison Nedved brought in Dentino with a base hit.
The bottom of the Lady Chargers’ lineup produced two more tallies in the fifth. Junior Haley Milonas led off the inning with a double to straightaway center field. Sophomore Cortney Sexton laced a single to center field on the next pitch and came around to score on VanGulick’s single to shallow right field.
Chatfield gained some insurance with a run in the sixth before Jarecki put the finishing touches on her masterpiece in the seventh.
Chatfield junior center fielder Maddie Fischer set the tone early with an outstanding diving catch to her left in the first inning.
“We have been practicing diving and I know I needed to do it,” said Fischer, playing the game a bit under the weather with a flu virus. “I had to take the chance and I am glad that I did it. It was a great feeling.”
Nicole Janssen, in her fourth year at the helm of the Chatfield program, was pleased with her club’s performance despite recent mental lapses offensively and defensively.
“The team did well today. We have been struggling a bit defensively (four errors against Standley Lake) especially the other day which really hurt us. Having the one error today was an improvement,” Janssen said.
Overall, Chatfield looked good offensively and defensively in the game. The defense played well behind a sterling performance from Jarecki and the offense attacked on several first pitches from Bear Creek’s Brett Johnson.
Chatfield is young and up and coming, but this day belonged to Jarecki, who has aspirations to play college ball. Janssen sees great promise in her right hander.
“J.J. (Jarecki) has been a great pitcher for us as a sophomore,” Janssen said. “A one-hitter. You can’t complain about that.”