Of the hundreds of softball doubleheaders that have been played in the 2011 season, it's hard to imagine any being as significant for one player than the one contested by Waterloo (Iowa) West and Linn-Mar (Iowa) High on Tuesday. While there were plenty of plaudits to go around after Waterloo West's 9-0 and 7-2 sweep of the two games, everything rightfully focused on senior star Jadyn Spencer.
There's a good reason for that. According to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Spencer threw a no-hitter in the afternoon's first game, then set the state record for most career home runs in the nightcap.
Not a bad way to spend an Iowa summer afternoon.
"It means a lot," Spencer told the Courier of her new state record. "When I started back in the eighth grade I never thought this would be possible. There was no way back then that I thought this was possible.
"I just want to thank all my teammates and coaches who helped me get to this point."
Spencer set the new mark with the 50th homer of her career, which she blasted out in the first inning of the series' second game. She wasted little time in adding to her total, knocking out her 51st dinger in the third inning.
Of course, the record evening followed an earlier game in which Linn-Mar proved unable to hit Spencer at all. The senior Nebraska signee struck out 10 and finished only one walk and one error away from a perfect game.
"It was an incredible night all around," Waterloo West head coach Tammy Utley told the Courier.
Not surprisingly, Spencer said that the home run record had been weighing on her mind as she approached it. Thanks to one big afternoon, she can now look back on the record with fond memories, and thoughts of another achievement that most prep softball stars dream of as well.