Mitchell’s one-hitter keys Viera’s second straight CCC softball championshp
Viera High pitcher Karyana Mitchell threw a one-hitter with 14 strikeouts as the Hawks defeated Rockledge 3-0 Monday night to win the Cape Coast Conference championship for the second straight year.
VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala
Karyana Mitchell went from dominant to virtually unhittable during Monday night’s Cape Coast Conference softball championship game.
And now, the Viera Hawks are the two-time defending champs.
Mitchell, a junior, allowed just one hit and struck out 14 as Viera defeated Rockledge 3-0 at the USSSA Space Coast Complex.
Freshman Anna Brait had a two-run single to help the Hawks (14-7), who were limited to just four hits of their own by Rockledge pitcher Kylah Berry.
But the story of the night was Mitchell, who cruised through the first two innings, worked out of a bases loaded jam in the top of the third inning and then really took over.
“I just made a few adjustments and made sure I was helping my team out productively while I was on the mound,” she said. “I just had to adjust a few things and I was back to normal.”
Mitchell, who helped the Hawks reach the Class 7A state final four last season, has been getting better and better as this year has gone on according to head coach Alex Breeden.
“I told her after this game that within the past month she’s really been taking a lot of steps forward, just with efficiency, not getting deep into counts so her pitch count isn’t going up and she’s not getting tired,” Breeden said. “After the third inning, she really bared down. We scored a couple of runs after that, which helped. She really relaxed and churned through the other (innings).”
In fact, it seemed as though Mitchell was getting stronger as the game went on.
“Yes, I was,” she said. “I was just thinking about everything I did in the past innings, taking it in, doing something different each inning and just working as hard as I could.”
Viera would get a run in the bottom of the third with the help of a Rockledge error, then got the two-run single by Brait in the fourth to give the Hawks all the offense they would need.
Mitchell also had two of the Hawks four hits along with a stolen base. Taylor Jensen also had a hit for Viera.
The Hawks got a strong performance defensively from Jensen behind the plate, Haley Mix at first; Brait at second; Delilah Datta at short; Morgan Mordas at third; Jace Jackson in left; Taryn Aebli in center and Corrine Flajole in right.
After playing a strong schedule, which included two defending state champions and two teams ranked in the top five in the state, the Hawks are just where they want to be with the postseason approaching.
“It’s starting to come together (the way) we wanted it to,” Breeden said. “At the beginning, we had a very tough schedule. It was designed like that on purpose. We wanted to get out of this area to play hard competition, hard teams.
“We got some bumps and bruises because of that, but I think how you’re seeing us play right now is a testament to that. Rockledge, they’re a very good team with a very good pitcher. We played them well.
“We’re peaking at the right time, I hope, as we keep going forward.”