Rockwood Summit's Sami Scholtz and Parkway South's Ashley Ware squared off in a softball pitchers' duel on Thursday at Parkway South.
The standout senior right-handed pitchers put up zero after zero on the scoreboard for six innings until Summit broke through for a run in the top of the seventh when Scholtz was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
That slight advantage was enough for Scholtz and the visiting Falcons to secure a 1-0 victory over the Patriots and improve to 18-3 on the season.
Scholtz, who improved to 11-2 on the season, scattered five hits over seven shutout innings while striking out 13 batters and walking just one. Maria Scotti led the Falcons' offense with two hits.
Ware (7-5) allowed just two hits and struck out 10 in her seven inning of work.
Parkway South (13-11) out-hit Summit 5-2 and was able to get runners into scoring position in the sixth and seventh innings, but both times Scholtz was able to work her way out of trouble.
Scholtz has allowed just seven earned runs in 85 innings pitched this season, which computes to an earned-run average of 0.58. She has struck out 158 of the batters she has faced.
Here is a look at the game from photographer Nate Latsch: