Hitting, pitching, fielding - the Nation Ford Lady Falcons softball team has it all and proved it yet again against York Comprehensive in a 10-0, no-hit win.
Led by junior pitcher Bradlee Holeman, who threw the no-hitter, Nation Ford, the No. 1 team in the state in Class AAA, picked up its eighth win in Region 4 to improve to 8-0 and 13-1 overall on the season.
Nation Ford is just getting started by playing six games in five days, including a doubleheader later this week.
"We are where we want to be," said Nation Ford coach Michael Kidd. "We can't let our guard down. It's easy to get complacent. You don't allow yourself to get complacent because it will jump up and bite you. We have to keep our focus. I am pleased the kids are starting and finishing the game with the same focus."
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Holeman controlled the game from the start and had just one hiccup when she allowed one walk in the third. She struck out nine batters in her second no-hitter of the year.
Offensively, the Lady Falcons were just as impressive with 10 hits in five innings. Junior Kim Ryder and Makenzie Barbor went 2-for-3 with three RBIs each.
Nation Ford scored three runs in the first inning and never looked back. Junior Zharne Glover singled in the bottom of the first andscored on an RBI single from Ryder. Barbor sacrificed Ryder in and sophomore Lauren Kidd drove in senior Devan McCurry.
In the second inning, Nation Ford junior Brittany Prather singled and came home on an RBI single from junior Donna Hollingsworth. Glover singled, before senior Brittany Baker sacrificed in Hollingsworth. Ryder got her second RBI by sacrificing in Glover to make the score 6-0.
Holeman walked the first York batter in the top of the third when Sloane Brandon came to the plate. That being her only speed bump, Holeman came back to strike out the side.
In the third inning, Barbor singled to start the inning and scored on a Prather RBI sacrifice.
After another three-up, three-down inning in the top of the fourth inning, the Lady Falcons added three runs in the bottom of the inning to enforce the 10-run mercy rule.
Baker started the inning off with a single, her 100th hit as a varsity player, and Ryder drove her in on her second single of the game. With Ryder on third base, Barbor blasted a two-run home run to make to 10-0. Barbor's home run was her third of the season leading Lady Falcons.
NATION FORD 10, YORK 0
Y - Logan Peterson, Sloane Brandon and Nora Childers. NF - Bradlee Holeman and Brittany Prather. W - Holeman. L- Peterson. HR - Barbor (NF).
Records: York 12-6, 5-4 Region 4-AAA; Nation Ford 13-1, 8-0