Although it was Wilson junior first baseman Nina Wiramidijaja’s second straight appearance in the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association championship game, the setting was unfamiliar. Wiramidijaja hadn’t played on the artificial turf at the Nationals Youth Academy in Southeast Washington and was admittedly nervous.
She didn’t waste any time in testing the base paths. In the bottom of the first inning, she swung on the first pitch she saw and scorched the ball to right field. Wiramidijaja immediately tossed her bat and raced to first, and she never stopped running as she scored on an inside-the-park home run.
Her home run sparked a 13-run opening inning for the Tigers en route to a 20-0 win against School Without Walls on Friday in the DCIAA championship game. Wiramidijaja scored another run later in the inning after reaching on a dropped third strike and rounding the bases on the ensuing throwing error.
“On the first one, I felt really happy because I got it on the first pitch, and it was a great way to start the game,” Wiramidijaja said. “The second one wasn’t ideal, but I felt good I could help my team.”
In total, the Tigers posted three inside-the-park home runs, all of which came in the first inning. The Tigers arrived to the stadium at 5 p.m., when the first pitch was expected to be thrown. Their first bus broke down, and they needed a second bus to make the trip from Northwest.
The umpires also were late to arrive, so the Tigers spent an hour warming up and staying loose in the outfield.
“I told them to remain focused. I told them to focus on their warmup and nothing else when they got here,” Wilson Coach Karina Bond said. “They decided to pow-wow in center field to talk and focus.”
A team without a senior received a gem of a pitching performance from freshman Nora Parisi. Parisi threw a shutout with eight strikeouts and two walks. Bond entrusted her catcher, Sarah Thompson, also a freshman, to call the game.
“My rise and fastball were working really well for me today,” Parisi said. “The rise usually doesn’t work well for me, so I was pretty happy.”
Parisi wasn’t a part of last year’s DCIAA championship win, but she felt the pressure that comes with being the pitcher called upon to lead a team to back-to-back titles.
“I didn’t want to let all the girls down that are juniors and older than me,” she said. “I didn’t want them to lose.”
Tigers junior Alexis Coates went 3 for 4 with two RBI and three runs. Penguins starter Eleonore Edgell struck out five batters in the complete-game loss.