Softball: Burlington Central’s Angie Morrow no-hits HampshireHampshire's Haley Widmayer winds up for the pitch against Burlington Central on Wednesday afternoon in Hampshire | Karen Naess ~ For Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 2, 2012 9:39PM
Burlington Central added an exclamation point to its softball dominance over rival Hampshire on Wednesday in a nonconference game.
Playing each other for the first time since Hampshire moved to the Fox Valley, Rockets freshman pitcher Angie Morrow stymied the home team en route to a five-inning no-hitter in a 10-0 Central win. Morrow (8-3) had pinpoint accuracy as her only blemish came in the bottom of the fourth when she walked No. 3 hitter Tiffany Bentley with two outs.
“I actually just had a pitching lesson on Monday and I’ve been getting the ball (on the outside corner), and not just curving it there,” Morrow said. “It was something that I needed to work on because I couldn’t just jam ’em inside every time.”
Added Hampshire coach Ken Bram: “She may be the best pitcher we’ve faced all year. She has a good fastball with good location and works that changeup in. She’s good.”
Morrow got plenty of help from her offense. After being held in check through the first two innings by Hampshire pitcher Haley Widmayer, the Rockets went on to score all of their runs in the game with two outs. Bekah Harnish (2-for-3, two RBI) got the offense going by delivering an RBI double in the top of the third for a 1-0 lead.
Central (19-7) then exploded for seven runs in the fourth inning, capped by a Brooke Gaylord RBI double. Senior Emily Bell (3-for-4, two doubles, four RBI) gave the Rockets a 10-0 lead in the fifth with a two-run double to center. The first five batters in the Rockets order combined to go 9-for-14 at the plate.
“We didn’t start off as well as we had hoped, but whenever you can score with two outs like we did, you’re always happy as a coach,” Central coach Cray Allen said. “Hampshire has beaten some good teams this year so we weren’t taking this game lightly.”
Widmayer, a freshman, was also victim to some shaky defense by the Whips (10-17) and poor decision-making in the field as she allowed 11 hits in the loss.
Courtni Neubauer (2-for-3, two RBI) and Haley Albamonte (1-for-2, RBI) also helped lead Central’s offense.