Sophomore left-hander Kate Petty was at the top of her game last Wednesday (April 16), hurling a no-hitter in Big Walnut’s 1-0 Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division victory over visiting New Albany. It marked the second no-hitter of Petty’s Big Walnut career, the first coming her freshman season when she no-hit visiting Westerville South.
Petty was on her game from the opening pitch, striking out 11 Lady Eagles en route to the 7-inning complete-game triumph. She was sharp from start to finish with the only blemish being four bases on balls which gave New Albany is only base runners of the game.
“This was probably the best game we’ve played defensively this season, and definitely the best I have pitched so far,” Petty said.
She said she relied on her screwball.
“My screwball was effective and I was getting a lot of called strikes to work ahead in the count,” she noted
Big Walnut, which managed only two hits, gave Petty the only run she would need in the bottom of the fourth inning. Katelynn Cheadle got the ball rolling by being hit by a pitch. She moved to second on a wild pitch, and after being sacrificed to third, came home with what proved to be the game’s only run on Hayley Apple’s perfectly-executed squeeze bunt.
Petty was impressed with her teammates’ performance thoughout the game.
“I was very impressed with the way we played as a team, especially on defense” she said, reflecting on the way the Golden Eagles worked out of a bases-loaded situation without allowing a run. “We put forth a really good defensive effort.”