Taylor Waara was glad to be back in the no-hitter zone.
As a 12-year-old, she tossed her first clean slate for her Northlake Little League softball all-star team to win a tournament championship and propel her squad to state.
On May 2, Waara — now an Inglemoor High sophomore — fired her second career no-hitter in a 12-0 victory over Issaquah. She had nine strikeouts.
Along the way, the Vikings amassed 16 hits, including four hits and three RBIs from Hannah Shimek, four hits and two RBIs from Mackenzie DeKay and two hits and three RBIs from Haley King.
“I was having a good time. I was happy to be out on the mound,” said Waara, adding that she enjoyed teaming up with her fellow Viks to “win a ball game — that’s what it’s all about.”
Waara knew that she had a shutout on tap, but wasn’t aware that she’d thrown a no-hitter until her coach shared the big news at a post-game meeting.
“I went, ‘Oh, that’s cool,’” said Waara, noting that her teammates offered high praise once they learned about the no-hitter.
Sophomore catcher King was an integral part of the big game, calling the right pitches that led to the Viks making outs, Waara said.
Waara feels that she’ll now bring a “new power” with her on the field when she pitches in the Viks’ No. 2 spot.
“I think I’m always confident when I’m out there,” she said. “I go out and try to do my best and have fun while I’m doing it.”