ELNORA – The first game of the North Daviess semi-state featured a classic pitchers duel between Loogootee’s Isabelle Waggner and state strikeout leader Gracie Ables from West Washington.
When it was all said and done Waggner gave up just two hits and and no runs to secure a 2-0 win in the semi-finals of the game on Saturday.
Both Waggner and Ables both had a pair of Ks, but both had runners in scoring position as well, although neither was able to dent the scoreboard in the first inning.
In the top of the third, Kyleigh Courter singled and reached third, while a long double from Makenzie VanHoy gave the Lions a one-run lead. The Lions flash some defense in the bottom of that inning, turning a sacrifice bunt into a double play to extinguish any threat. This would turn out to be a big play as base runners came at a premium all morning.
Ables added her sixth and seventh strikeout in the fourth, but LHS remained up 1-0. Waggner kept her no-hitter going through four, with a quick 1-2-3 inning. The pitchers’ duel continued through the fifth, but West Washington did get its first hit of the game, although they were unable to convert.
The Lady Senators did put two on with two out in the bottom of the sixth, but Waggner got Senator Alandra Johnson to strike out and end the inning.
LHS added an insurance run as Sara Street and Allie Henninger both doubled make it 2-0 and reduced WW to its final three outs. However, Waggner was able bear down and get the final outs for the win.