4.4.12 SOFTBALL: Ford Pitches Perfect Game; Ebert Follows with No-Hitter
Kelsey Ford (Sr., Boardman, OH/HS) tossed a perfect game and Erin Ebert (Jr., Jeromesville, OH/Hillsdale) threw a no-hitter as Walsh completed the four-game series sweep of visiting Houghton. The Cavs (23-11, 9-1) defeated the Highlanders (0-22, 0-10) by scores of 12-0 and 15-0, both of which were five inning affairs. Ford’s outing was the second perfect game in Walsh softball history. The first was by Dana Hartings who played for the Cavaliers from 2006 to 2008.
In the feat, Ford struck out nine of the 15 batters she faced. Only one of the nine went back to the dugout after a called third strike. With the win, Ford improved to 8-2 on the season. She also recorded a no-hitter on Sunday at Fisher.
Ebert also earned her second no-hitter of the season. She faced 16 batters and half of them went back to the dugout after a strikeout. Only an error kept Ebert from a perfect game. Her other no-hitter came against Milligan back on March 7.
Pitching wasn’t the only strong suit of the team. Offensively, the Cavaliers continued to roll as they scored 10 or more runs in their 10thconsecutive game. In the first game, Katie Musgrave (Fr., Doylestown, OH/Chippewa), Crystal Pfleger (Jr., Mogadore, OH/Field), and Kaleigh Cupka (Fr., Streetsboro, OH/Walsh Jesuit) all had multiple-hit and multiple-RBI games. Musgrave was 3-for-3 with two RBI, one run scored, and one base on balls. Pfleger was 2-for-3 with three RBI, three runs scored, and a double. Cupka was also 2-for-3 and had two RBI and scored one run.
Olivia Jesionek (Fr., Parma, OH/Holy Name), Hanna Dodson (Fr., Newark, OH/Licking Valley), and Maggie Yavorsky (Sr., Norton, OH/HS) all had big games in the second game. Jesionek went 2-for-2 with two RBI, three runs scored, a double, and a base on balls. Dodson went 2-for-3 with three RBI, two runs scored, and a double. Yavorsky went 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored. Chelsy Testa (So., Uniontown, OH/Lake) also recorded her second home run of the season.
Overall, it was the Cavaliers fifth no-hitter of the season. Walsh has now won 10 consecutive games and 13 of its last 14. In the last 10 games, the Cavs have outscored the opposition 174-7. In the last eight, the Cavs have outscored the opposition 151-1.
The Cavaliers return to action tomorrow when they travel to Urbana to take on the Blue Knights in a twin bill scheduled to start at 3 p.m.