The Paper photo by Lori Poteet 
Veda Emerson tosses to first for an out.
The Paper photo by Lori Poteet
Veda Emerson tosses to first for an out.

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 base-clearing triples.

“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.