Blessin throws perfect game
April 11 brought yet another signature highlight for Plant City pitcher Ashley Blessin, as the senior threw a perfect game at home in the Raiders’ 5-0 win over Riverview.
Blessin, last week’s Plant City Observer Athlete of the Week, struck out 16 of the 21 batters she faced and threw 74 total pitches. It was her 13th complete game and 10th shutout of the season, and she’s also recorded two no-hitters — one of which also came against the Sharks — in 2019.
The Raiders finished with seven hits and a pair of sophomores, Kelli McAvoy and Stephanie Bowers, drove in three total RBI with three combined hits. McAvoy, Emily Longoria, Rylee Moorman and Abbie DeWeese all crossed home plate for the Raiders.
The Raiders entered Tuesday’s game at Bloomingdale on a streak of six consecutive shutout wins, having outscored opponents 30-0 since March 14. Plant City will host East Bay tonight at 7 p.m.
10K next Saturday
The Best Friends 10K, a U.S. Road Running event, comes to Plant City on April 27.
Teams of two are encouraged to sign up to tackle a 10K loop around the pond at Ellis-Methvin Park, relay-style, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Single runners may also participate in the event. Unique medals will be awarded and awards for top runners and the best costumes will be given out as well.
The race will begin at 8:30 a.m. The cost to register is $40 per team and $50 for single runners. Sign up online at runsignup.com/Race/FL/PlantCity/BestFriends10KRelayand10KIndividualEllisMethvinPark. For more information or to get help finding a running partner, contact Darrin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-885-6864.