AGANA HEIGHTS, Guam – Brinnlyn Hardt and Guam High came up short in their quest for a school-first Far East Division I softball tournament title last month at Camp Humphreys in South Korea.
But the sophomore right-hander and the Panthers appear to have used that third-place Far East finish as a motivator to remain on track for a second straight Guam island championship.
Hardt tossed her second straight three-inning perfect game, striking out all nine batters she faced in Thursday’s 15-0 win over Okkodo. Hardt also helped herself with two home runs and four RBIs, and her freshman battery mate Becca Rapier also homered for the Panthers.
“That’s all we talk about,” Hardt said of going back-to-back on Guam and making amends next year for their third-place finish at Humphreys. “Our team has been progressing a lot and we think we’ve got a shot.”
Hardt has won all six of her starts on island with a 3.68 ERA with 45 strikeouts in 22 innings. She’s also batting .688 with three homers, 18 RBIs and seven stolen bases.
“Especially for here, she’s (Hardt) crazy good,” Panthers coach Amanda Mansell said.
“She’s amazing. She’s the one carrying the team,” Guam High athletics director Ed Paz said of Hardt, adding that she and Rapier “make a good combination.” Rapier is batting .769 with two homers, 13 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.
The only blemish on the Panthers’ island record is a loss by forfeit to Tiyan, which occurred on April 25 when Guam High was playing at Far East in Korea and unable to play the Titans.
The island playoffs begin next Tuesday, with the championship slated for May 13.