Leo silences Squaws behind Claxtonâ€™s no-hitter, 16-0
Janaya Wilder hurls a pitch. (Photo by Deb Shannon)
Bellmont's 0-3 start was given no leniency on Monday night when the Leo Lady Lions came to town and took a five-inning 16-0 decision from the Squaws at home.
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A no-hit effort from Lions' pitcher Jessica Claxton was not entirely necessary but effective nonetheless as the Squaws reached first base on a Nicole Schevenius walk in the second inning but would get no further on the paths Monday night.
Claxton had 11 strikeouts in the game with just one free pass as she painted the corners of the zone all night mixing speeds as well in a formula that resulted in the Squaws never putting the ball in fair territory one time in the five inning shortened game.
Then came the bats.
Morgan Poeppel started the game off with a single up the middle and was moved over with a sacrifice bunt before scoring on a single to left field off the bat of Brooke Imel for a 1-0 lead.
Imel was called out during the next at-bat when she collided with Taylor Kuhnle at shortstop, a break for the Squaws as the Lions would load the bases with three straight players reaching base. Hailee Hormann got Audrey Lukemire to strikeout on the next play and the Squaws avoided a big inning.
That turned out to be just putting off the inevitable, however, as the Lions posted a hit rally in inning two with nine runs on 10 hits batting 14 players in the frame.
Three straight singles started the second for Leo before Hannah Voirol grounded into the first out of the inning netting an RBI. Imel, Haley Bowers, and Claxton kept the trend going, however, with three more singles in back-to-back-to-back fashion resulting in two more runs and a busy base path.
An error by Hormann loaded the bases once again and Hannah Risser ripped her second hit of the day from the nine spot, a double to the left field pole scoring two more. Amidst the hub-bub of that play, Katie Adams would be thrown out at home on a nice throw from Janaya Wilder from third base limiting one run.
Risser would score on a Poeppel single the next at-bat making it 10-0 Leo.
In the third inning, coach Rick Burkhalter put Wilder on the mound and the sophomore proceeded the set the Lions down one-two-three but the Squaws still could not get the bats going in the bottom half of the third and the Bellmont coach cleared his bench.