NEW MARKET – On a night that saw the kids in
the bleachers save a baby mouse from a mud puddle, no such rescue was
obtainable for the Lady Mounties.
Southmont was inundated by a deluge of Tigers
hits, and sent adrift at the plate by Lebanon All-State pitcher, Jessica
Weaver, who faced the minimum number of batters on her way to a 17-0 no-hitter.
Weaver (WP) pitched all five innings of the
run-rule-shortened game. She allowed only one Southmont base runner, clipping
Paige Sheean in the second inning for the free pass. Sheean was subsequently
erased trying to steal second.
Growing more dominant as the game progressed,
the senior hurler struck out seven out of the last nine Mounties batters,
including the entire side in the bottom of the fifth. She collected nine ‘K’s
on the evening.
In the meantime, Weaver's Tigers teammates
were rocking Southmont starter, freshman Paige Knowling (LP) from the moment
they stepped off the bus. Five of the first six batters of the game reached
safely, and ultimately scored – highlighted by Payten Redman's first of two
“Lebanon is a very good team,” said Southmont
coach Jennifer Watson, commenting on the 10th ranked Tigers offense.
“They hit the ball solid; they can hit for placement; they can hit the gaps.”
Then the skipper cast a long sigh. “They are just a fantastic hitting team.”
The Tigers pounded out 17 singles, and
clubbed their way through the order twice, sending 10 batters to the plate in
the first inning and the third. A three-up, three-down top of the fourth inning
was the only haven in the Lebanon hitting tsunami.
Acknowledging that Weaver is one of the top
pitchers in the state, Watson was still visibly disappointed by the Mounties'
effort at the plate.
“She pitched great. But, we have girls who
can hit a pitcher like that. We let her get to us.”
The Lebanon win was the second in as many
days, and the Tigers swept the series without allowing a single Mounties run.
“I feel like the mental game really got to
us,” rued Watson.
Tuesday’s game was senior night for the five
Mounties seniors – MacKenzie Abney, Kaitti Chadd, Stazia Mikalik, Paige Sheean,
and Cayla Woodcox.