MORRISON – The only drama at the end of Tuesday’s softball game between Kewanee and Morrison was whether Fillies’ freshman Lauren Rice would toss a perfect game.
She didn’t, but everything went Morrison’s way in a 12-0, run-rule victory against the visiting Boilermakers. Rice settled for a no-hitter, and allowed just one baserunner.
Rice (3-0) struck out 10 of the first 12 batters she faced. The only Kewanee player to put the ball in play up to that point was No. 3 hitter Ashley Folger, who grounded out her first two times at bat.
In the fifth and final inning, however, Rice had trouble finding the plate against Kewanee’s Jen Kubinsky, who led off with a walk. She eventually reached third base, but was stranded there as Rice struck out the side for the third time in five innings.
“I just wanted to get outs,” Rice said, “and I thought my team did a great job today. We did our jobs both on offense and defense.”
Morrison (10-1) rapped out 10 hits. Leading the way were Shannon Finneran, who had a three-run double to highlight a five-run third inning, and Brooke Stralow, who doubled, singled, and drove in three runs.
Allie Wiersema had a two-run double in the third inning, while Rachel Davis capped off the scoring with a two-run single in the fourth. Eight out of the nine starters reached base at least once.
“It’s cold, so we tried to keep them focused,” Morrison coach Tammy Deter said. “It was like, ‘OK, let’s get this game going.’ I thought we did a good job.”
For Kewanee (5-4), starting pitcher Paige Reeser (4-2) gave up 12 runs (11 earned), 10 hits, three walks, and hit two batters. She did not record a strikeout.
Morrison 12, Kewanee 0, 5 inn.
Star of the game: Lauren Rice (M), 5 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 13 SO, 1 BB
Key performers: Shannon Finneran (M), 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R; Brooke Stralow (M), 3B, 1B, 3 RBI, 2 R
Up next: Fulton at Morrison, 4:30 p.m. today