Jaime Tino’s arm and Paige Houck’s bat helped carry Royal Palm Beach to an 11-0 shutout of Seminole Ridge in softball Wednesday night.
Tino allowed three hits and struck out nine in five innings, and Houck went 3-for-3 with three runs to lead the host Wildcats.
Fourth-ranked Royal Palm Beach improved to 6-1 with win, while the error-plagued Hawks fell to 3-3.
“We put runners in motion,” Wildcats coach Dave Hir said. “When you do that, and you put the ball in play, good things are going to happen.”
The game started as a pitcher’s duel with Tino and Hawks starter Taylor Pennica combining to strike out seven of the first 12 batters.
Tino worked out of two early jams, allowing a leadoff double to Pennica in the first inning, and then putting runners on second and third with two outs in the second inning before ending with a strikeout.
She then helped herself in the bottom of the inning, leading off with a single that opened the floodgates to five runs on four hits and five Seminole Ridge errors.
The Wildcats’ 5-0 lead lasted one inning.
Royal Palm Beach added a pair of runs in the third on an RBI triple by third baseman Brett Petersen and an RBI single by left fielder Susannah Classen, and then stretched its lead to 8-0 on an RBI single by Megann Linardos in the fourth.
Tino, meanwhile, was cruising.
The Stetson signee (6-1) allowed two runners to reach third, gave up one extra-base hit, and walked one batter. She struck out two or more batters in three of the five innings she pitched.
Tino now has 83 strikeouts through seven games this season.
“Jaime’s being Jaime,” Hir said. “It was another great performance by her. She gave up a leadoff double, and bounced back and got herself out of that trouble. And then we were lights out the rest of the way.”
Royal Palm Beach added three runs in the fifth for the final margin, closing the game on an inside-the-park home run by Chelsea Gibbins.
Tino had two hits for Royal Palm Beach, while Pennica went 2-for-3 with a double for Seminole Ridge.