David Pastor, Sports Reporter

Head Coach Duaine Bowles broke tradition when he kept final year pitcher Myranda Pierson in the whole game to finish what she started.

All eyes were on Pierson on Oct. 8 during the second game of the softball double header when they beat the Seneca Sting 10-0.

One out away from history in the bottom of the fifth, the right-hander stopped a ground ball that came back to the circle, turned and threw to first, solidifying the first perfect game in Humber softball history. 

In her final home game, pitcher Myranda Pierson threw the first perfect game in Humber Softball history in a 10-0 victory over Seneca College. (David Pastor)

“For Myranda to go out there and do what she did, it’s a good way to end it on your home field,” Bowles said.

“It was an emotional night, I tried not to cry. I didn’t thankfully but it was just good to end with the people we started with and we went out with a bang on that one,” she said. “It was a good night, it was fun.”

Pierson went all five innings without allowing a single runner on base and struck out 12 out of the 15 batters she faced.

“It just felt amazing to know that I could have everyone I loved in the stands watching and seeing me accomplish something bigger than myself, especially on Senior’s Night,” Pierson said.

This season Pierson has had an impressive stat line, with a record of 1-0, striking out 27 batters, collecting two saves and not allowing a single run over a span of 12.2 innings. 

She wasn’t always a closer. Coach Bowles said she was part of a big change in the team’s process and culture.

“Myranda’s changed roles and got into our closing spot,” Bowles said.

From left to right: Associate Director of Athletics Michael Kopinak, senior Myranda Pierson, head coach Duaine Bowles, and Director of Athletics Ray Chateau honour the pitcher’s last home game. (Humber Athletics)

Pierson said she’s been a starter for the past four years and the change was a challenge.

“It was a big change for me mentally, only because when you start a game, you’re in it right from the jump excited to get into it and go,” she said. 

“But as a closer it’s not always a guarantee that you’re going to get into the game especially if you’re team is hitting well,” 

Pierson has been a member of Humber softball team from 2015 to 2019 with an overall record of 34 and 16 with an impressive 2.36 ERA (Earned Run Average) while striking out 174 batters in 281.2 innings. She’s also pitched two no-hitters in her career.