Meagan Hill pitched a no-hitter and only three Taylor Lady Ducks reached base as the Salado Lady Eagles cruised to a 10-0 Mercy Rule win at home April 8.
Hill struck out four batters as the Salado defense tightened and committed no errors. Only twice were the Taylor batters able to even get the ball out of the infield, both times caught by centerfielder Abbie James. Shortstop Malory Schattle grabbed up grounders and line drives to throw the batter out at first four times and caught another pop up. Second base Lindy Martin and third baseman Rebecca Dockray also got their gloves on the ball to keep runners from reaching first.
With a 10-0 lead after three, Hill walked two batters and Schattle scooped up a grounder and put the runner out at second. She then caught an infield popup and kept the runners at the corners, following it up by fielding a grounder and throwing the batter out at first to get out of the inning with the no-hitter intact for her teammate.
Schattle led the Lady Eagles at the plate, going three-for-three, knocking in a run and scoring two runs herself.
Salado scored six runs after Taylor recorded two outs in the first. Payton Dreitz and Schattle singled and Dockray hit into a fielder’s choice that put Dreitz out at third. Martin singled, scoring Schattle and Madeline Murray hit the ball to deep left, and a fielding error allowed Dockray and Martin to cross home plate. Jenna Calder walked and Bailey Tindell hit a double to deep center to plate both runners. Stephanie Mancilla laid down a bunt along the third base line and a bad throw to first let her reach base and Tindell to round third and go home.
The Lady Eagles added two more in the second. Dreitz led off with a single and Schattle hit a two-bagger to left to put Dreitz on third. Dockray hit a sacrifice fly to score Dreitz. Schattle reached home on a double by Murray before the Taylor defense could get out of the frame.
Hill hit a triple to right field, scoring Mancilla, who led off the third inning by being hit by the pitcher. Hill scored on a single to left by Schattle. She was left stranded on third, while Dockray was left on second.
The Lady Eagles beat Llano Lady Jackets 4-1 at home on April 5.
Malory Schattle scored the first run for Salado in the third inning by reaching first on a fielder’s choice. She stole second base, went to third on a single by Payton Dreitz and scored on a passed ball.
Schattle scored again in the fifth inning. She hit a triple to deep right and scored on a single by Jenna Calder. Dreitz also score in the fifth, reaching on a fielder’s choice. She advanced on singles by Murray and Bailey Tindell, scoring on a single by Meagan Hill.
Schattle scored in the sixth, on her third hit of the game. She singled to left and scored on a booming triple by Calder to right field.
Hill got the win on the mound, striking out 13 batters. Only four Lady Jackets reached base, two of them on walks. Sydney Hicks doubled in the fourth and scored the only run for the Eagles on the throw to first by the catcher when Hill struck out Manning and the final strike was dropped by the catcher.
Senior pitcher Meagan Hill threw a no-hitter against the Taylor Lady Ducks on April 8 as the Lady Eagles won 10.0