4.17.13 SOFTBALL: Ebert No-Hits Notre Dame Following Loss in Longest Game in Walsh History

Softball, 2013-04-17

Two historic games were played between Walsh and Notre Dame on Senior Day Wednesday afternoon. The first didn’t go exactly as the Cavaliers wanted as the Falcons won 1-0 in a 17-inning marathon. The second was better than expected as the Cavs won 8-0 in five innings with Erin Ebert (Sr., Jeromesville, OH/Hillsdale) throwing a no-hitter. Walsh is now 16-16 on the season while Notre Dame moves to 13-15.

In the opener and longest game in program history, Casi Rohr (So., Massillon, OH/Perry/Toledo) pitched about as well as anyone could ask as she went all 17 innings and struck out 12 batters. She gave up just one run on 10 hits, but the one run was a home run in the top of the 17thinning by Kelsey Coleman.  It was the only blemish on an overall masterful performance.

The Cavaliers’ bats then turned around and showed up strong in the night cap. The third inning proved to be the main frame for the Cavs as they batted around the order and plated six runs. The highlight of the inning came when Eryn Simon (Jr., Oregon, OH/Clay) sent a pitch over the left field fence for a two-run home run that also score Chelsy Testa (Jr., Uniontown, OH/Lake) who reached on an error.

Testa also scored Walsh’s seventh run in the fifth inning on a wild pitch. She reached on a single and advanced to third after Notre Dame’s left fielder misplayed the ball that rolled to the fence. Olivia Jesionek (So., Parma, OH/Holy Name) followed up by reaching safely on a bunt and kept running to second base as no one was covering the bag. Jesionek went to third during the aforementioned wild pitch and then scored the game-ending run during Simon’s ground-out to the short stop.

Simon finished with three RBI and a run scored as she went 1-for-3 from the plate. Dana Brown (Sr., Uniontown, OH/Lake) had a solid Senior Day game as well with a pair of RBI and a run scored.

The second game couldn’t have gone much better for Ebert as she fanned eight batters against one walk with 18 batters faced on Senior Day. It was her third-career no-hitter. Ebert, Brown, Crystal Pfleger (Mogadore, OH/Field), and Kendra Gerber (Sugarcreek, OH/Garaway) were all honored as seniors between games.

The Cavs are now off until they travel to Hillsdale for a doubleheader on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.