PILOT ROCK — In Little League softball, where teams are as likely to score on a wild pitch as they are off the bat of a hitter, an accurate pitcher can make all the difference. For the Pendleton 9/10-year-old all-stars Wednesday, that difference maker was Katie Bradt.
Bradt lived on the corners of the strike zone against Milton-Freewater in the championship game of the District 3 Tournament in Pilot Rock, striking out 13 batters and guiding Pendleton to a 12-1 victory. She finished the game with a three-hitter and didn’t allow a run until the final inning.
Bradt’s precision pitching started early, but not after the big game rattled her nerves momentarily. She plunked the first batter she faced in the game. After a sacrifice bunt moved the runner to third, Bradt took a deep breath.