Welcome back Jessica Robertson.
The graduate of Butte High re-established herself as the ace of the Dawson Community College pitching staff this past Saturday with a dominant performance against North Dakota State College of Science.
The sophomore pitcher tossed a perfect game, leading the Buccaneers in a 17-0 rout of the Wildcats.
Robertson struck out 12 of the 15 batters she faced in the one-sided win, which was stopped after five innings because of the mercy rule.
“I didn’t notice how many strikeouts I got until they told me at the end,” Robertson said on Monday. “I had to go back and look at the book. It didn’t feel like that many.”
While she wasn’t paying attention to her strikeout total, Robertson did notice that the Wildcat players were swinging late at her pitches. The crafty pitcher knew that she would have to take advantage of that if she was going to come away with the win. She just wasn’t expecting to be as dominant as she was.
“Some of the girls were talking about me throwing a one-hitter,” she recalled. “I didn’t think about it at the time.”
Reality set in around the fourth inning, and Robertson admitted to feeling some nerves. But with a team victory on her mind, she was able to settle in and complete the masterpiece.
“It definitely made me nervous,” she said. “I was going for a shutout or a one- or two-hitter. It just happened to be a perfect game.”
Robertson, who tossed a no-hitter against the same team two years ago, was forced to admit that this was one of the better games she’s pitched but she quickly deflected Saturday’s success toward her teammates.
“I don’t think the game is about me,” she said. “I have to do my job for my team. I trust my teammates. They did their job at the plate and it boosts my confidence.
The boost of confidence came at the right time. Robertson took a year off because of personal reasons and felt that returning to the team was a big step for her. She certainly made it count.
“It was nerve-racking taking a year off and going back into the season,” she said. “It was our first conference game and our first home game. I just wanted to get into it and help my team.”