Valley Sports Report
ATHENS — Junior Megan Bennett tossed a no-hitter — her second shutout in three days — to lead Athens to a 7-0 win over Troy here Thursday afternoon in NTL Large School softball action.
Bennett, who threw a two-hit shutout against Towanda Tuesday, fanned 11 and walked none in earning the win. She has thrown 18 1/3 innings this season without allowing a run, while striking out 33 and walking just two.
“Megan dominated tonight, throwing basically three pitches — curve, screwball, and riser,” said Mickey Farrell. “I do not call pitches, that's up to my catcher Harley Sullivan and Harley called a great game .
“Megan was able to get ahead in the count and was able to work the corners with her curve and screwball,” added Farrell. “She showed great control, and did not walk a batter.
“She's gone 18 innings without giving up a run and it's been a lot of fun to watch,” added Farrell.
While Bennett was silencing the Troy bats, seniors Emma Adams, who led off the bottom of the first with a round-tripper, and Leah Reid, and freshman Caydence Macik all clubbed home runs over the left-center field fence.
“Emma got us started with her bomb in the first inning, then Leah Reid and Caydence Macik hit their second homers of the year in the sixth inning,” said Farrell.
After Adams’ lead-off homer, sophomore Emma Repsher stroked a two-out RBI single to give the Lady Wildcats a 2-0 lead after the first inning.
Bennett pitched around a pair of errors to start the top of the second inning, striking out the next three batters to strand Troy runners at first and second.
After a Troy batter reached on an error with two outs in the fourth inning, Bennett retired the final 10 batters she faced.
The Lady Wildcats led 3-0 after 5 1/2 innings, but Macik and Reid both delivered two-run home runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to provide the final margin.
Macik homered and singled, scored one run, and had three RBI, and Bennett stroked a pair of singled and scored a run to pace Athens at the plate, while Adams homered then walked twice and was hit by a pitch in her next three at-bats.
Reid homered, scored a run, and had two RBI in the win, while Repsher singled and drove in a run, and Sullivan and junior Haley Barry each scored a run.
Athens, now 4-0, returns to action Saturday morning at Waverly (7-1) in the annual “Wounded Warrior” game.
“I think we actually played a little flat today,” said Farrell. “I’m guessing it was because we might have been guilty of looking ahead to Waverly Saturday.
“The “Wounded Warrior” game is special,” noted Farrell.
“For me personally, I coached (Waverly coach) Brian (Wendela) in football at Waverly in the ‘90s, and my niece Hali Jenner is a really good player for Waverly, so it should be a fun day,” added Farrell.
IN PHOTO: Athens junior Megan Bennett.
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