Howland, Maine — Penobscot Valley pitching ace Kayla Dube posted the 600th strikeout of her career Wednesday against Schenck of East Millinocket on the last batter of the game.
The 7-0 victory was the Howlers’ seventh shutout in 12 games this year.
It was the 26th win in a row for Dube, who is a senior.
“A lot of people are kind of happy about [her being a senior],” said Penobscot Valley High School coach Thom Coyle.
Before Wednesday’s win, Dube and the Howlers had eked out one-run wins over Piscataquis of Guilford on May 10 and Katahdin of Stacyville on Monday.
“It was freezing cold up there,” said Coyle of the 2-1 win over Katahdin.
As for the 3-2 win over the Pirates, “that was their big game of the year,” said Coyle. “[Coach Tim Richardson] had them pumped up for it.”
Dube almost had to leave that game, at least for a while, because she re-injured a knee that she had slipped and twisted earlier this year.
She has to have her knee wrapped, and it needed to be re-wrapped after the slip Wednesday.
The umpire became concerned about how long that would take and asked Richardson how much time he should give the Howlers to aid Dube.
“He said, ‘Give ’em as much time as they need,’” said Coyle. “He didn’t want to say they beat our No. 2 pitcher if they won.”
Coyle appreciated Richardson’s gesture, and Dube returned to the mound with a freshly wrapped knee and finished strong.
“She got the last six outs, including three strikeouts,” said Coyle. “She’s a competitor.”