PDT Sports Contributor
Franklin Furnace, Ohio —The Green High School softball team honored their seniors before hosting Monday’s postseason game, fully aware of the possibility that it could have been their final game of the season.
“Could have” were the operative words, however, as a dominating no-hitter plus ten runs on offense made it quite obvious that the Lady Bobcats had other plans. Green dispatched the Miller High School Lady Falcons 10-0 in the Division IV sectional semi-finals contest that was shortened by the “mercy rule” in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Green’s dominating performance at the plate was coupled with a phenomenal complete-game effort on the mound by Micah Lewis, striking out 12 of the 17 batters she faced en route to the no-hitter.
Lewis, a senior, allowed only two base runners (HBP and Walk) in an exceptional outing that perfectly accentuated her pregame honors. Four of the batters she faced were caught looking on strike three.
“Micah works hard all year round. She goes and finds places to pitch in the wintertime, and played some travel ball. Even with injuries, she has battled through. She buckles down and gets the job done,” said Green head coach Darrell Keller.
Keller admired not only Lewis’s individual performance, but the performance of his entire team on both defense and offense.
The Bobcats got on the board with a run in the bottom of the first inning, and continued to manufacture at the plate throughout the game, although multiple runs, including the winning run, were also scored via passed balls throughout the game. Green scored two in the third, four in the fourth, and three in the fifth.
Junior Emma Salisbury scored the winning run, as she was on third and scored on a passed ball, thus immediately ending the game.
“She was on third and said she wanted to go for it. I said take your chance,” said Keller of the opportunity that led to the winning run.
The Lady Bobcats will face the Southern Racine Tornadoes in the sectional finals on Thursday.