Brookland’s Maynard throws perfect game

MONTICELLO — Brookland senior Jordan Maynard tossed a perfect game Saturday in a 4A state softball quarterfinal against Monticello. And it wasn’t her first of the season, either.

“I felt good this morning, but then in the state tournament, you’re always ready,” Maynard said.

Maynard threw 14 strikeouts — yes, the last one ended the game — in the Lady Bearcats’ 7-0 victory in front of a packed Monticello High softball stadium. The Lady Billies finished the season 19-11.

Monticello coach B.J. Jackson didn’t realize Maynard’s accomplishment until after the game.

“You mean to tell me we didn’t even get a baserunner on?” Jackson said. “We tried to bunt, we couldn’t even bunt. She was pretty tough.”

In the circle and at the plate as well. She batted 3 for 4, singling in her first three trips.

It was a landmark victory for the Craighead County team for more reasons than just Maynard’s perfection.

“We’ve been here (at state) three years and we’ve never won at the state level,” Maynard said. “We were ready (Saturday).”

The Lady Bearcats (27-5) will take on Ashdown in Monday’s semifinals at Monticello. The championship game is scheduled for next Saturday at Bogle Park in Fayetteville.

Maynard will have one, maybe two, games remaining in her softball career. With 16 shutouts on the season and her season record the same as her team’s, scholarship offers from colleges have been pouring in her mailbox, but the senior seems intent on going to Arkansas State — which does not have a varsity softball team — for engineering.

“She wants to make that her focus, but she would like to go out on top,” Wise said.