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It was only the softball season-opener, but Anderson County pitchers have already issued a “Can you top this?” challenge.
Freshmen Ally Moore and Mia Aldridge combined for a no-hitter as the Lady Bearcats rolled Coffman High of Dublin, Ohio, 10-0 in five innings, last Wednesday at the Anderson field.
Moore, who pitched four innings for the win, and Aldridge faced the minimum 15 batters as Coffman's only base runner came when leadoff hitter Hannah Sabatino reached on an error. However, when the next batter, Meredith Mockler, laid down a bunt, Lady Bearcat third baseman Alyssa Vest made a clean play, retiring Mockler at first.
First baseman Madison Brummett saw Sabatino trying to make it all the way to third and fired a strike to Moore covering the bag to nail the base runner.
It was just your routine 5-3-1 double play to start the season.
And it was the only inkling of offense that Coffman could generate. Moore struck out the side in the second but had just one other K. Aldridge fanned one in the fifth.
“I thought they both did a wonderful job,” Anderson coach Brian Glass said. “They hit their spots well and kept the hitters off balance. We are in a unique and fortunate position having multiple pitchers that can give us productive innings.”
And the Lady Bearcats were able to put together three productive innings that saw them lead 10-0 after three at-bats.
Moore, batting cleanup, delivered the big hit in the first inning, singling up the middle to score Molly Burkhead, who had singled, and courtesy runner Lexan Overby, running for Bailey Curry, who had reached on an error.
Later in the inning, Trista Craigmyle, running for Moore, came home on Sabatino's throwing error.
Anderson's speed paid off through the night, as Marissa Walker and Burkhead both stole a base, then scored on Curry's single up the middle in the second inning, then in the third, the Lady Bearcats erupted for five more, sending 10 batters to the plate. Burkhead, a junior center fielder, delivered the big hit, a 2-run triple that drove home Brummett and Walker and made it 9-0. Burkhead came home on Anna Marie Hyatt's single that put Anderson at the mercy rule threshhold if the Lady Bearcats could hold the margin for two more Coffman at bats.
Burkhead finished with two hits, three runs scored and two RBI. She was the only Anderson hitter with multiple hits but six different players in the lineup smacked hits and all in the starting lineup reached base safely at least once.
The Lady Bearcats stole five bases and the aggression on the base paths contributed to four Coffman errors and at least three wild pitches or passed balls.
“The girls have worked hard on the mental part of hitting and it is showing,” Glass said. “Knowing what the count is and jumping on pitches in hitter's counts has really helped.
“We do have a lot of speed and I want the girls to be confident with their speed. I have multiple girls who have the green light to steal when they want. I told them before the game, 'Use your speed and be aggressive. If you get thrown out, it is my fault.' I want my runners to have the mindset of I am taking second and not what if I get thrown out.”
The Anderson junior varsity posted a 4-0 win over Dublin Coffman in the second game of the night. Aldridge went the distance and gave up just one hit. Autumn Beasley and Katelyn Harrod both went 2-for-2 at the plate.
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