sophomore Catie Fischer unloads a pitch for the Tigers in their CCC
game with National Trail Tuesday.
Ansonia won the gamw 7-1 as Fischer fanned 11 on the evening. CNO
Photos by Rhonda Thompson
Fischer flirts with perfection
By George Starks
ANSONIA- When it comes to writing your name in the record books, some
do it and some come close.
Sophomore Catie Fischer came close.
Through the first 3.2 innings, the Ansonia pitcher was perfect.
National Trail sent 11 hitters to the plate, Fischer sent 11 hitter
back to the bench.
Then came the 12th hitter.
A single to right by Angela Foust busted up the perfecto. Foust later
scored but it would be the only run the Lady Blazers would score as
Ansonia would roll to a 7-1 Cross County Conference victory Tuesday.
On a cold, windy night, Fischer shined.
“I couldn’t ask for anymore on a night like this,” said Ansonia coach
Floyd Jenkins. “As a sophomore, Catie has been up and down, but today
she pitched extremely well. Over the last year, she has really
improved. She concentrates better on her pitching and has worked hard
on her change-up and is hitting her spots a lot more often. Before the
end of the year, she’s going to be tough. Fischer isn’t the only
pitcher we got. Olivia McEldowney and Holly Hammaker are very sound
pitchers for us.”
On a night when Mother Nature was working against everyone, Fischer
conquered those elements, striking out 11 and allowing three hits, all
in the fourth inning when Trail scored its lone marker.
On offense, the Tigers were zeroed in, knocking out 16 hits on the
game. Of the seven runs scored, four came in the sixth inning as the
ninth hitter, Hammaker, got things started with a single. Hammaker
would soon be erased on a fielder’s choice but that hit would start a
Tiger rally that would send the next six Tigers to the plate, scoring
those four runs.
The weather was cold but the bats were hot. With the wind whipping in
from the northwest, even balls hit in the air caused trouble for the
“We wanted to keep the ball out of the air tonight and hit line shots
and for the most part we did that,” Jenkins said. “We scored some runs
and got a lot of key hits. When the ball was hit in the air, it caused
havoc but we want to keep the ball out of the air like that. But we had
key hits and got a couple of bunts down and that’s what it’s about.”
On defense, the Tigers had two errors but nothing that affected the
“For the most part all year, we’ve played good defense,” Jenkins
pointed out. “We’ve lost some close games but our defense has been
The victory gives the Tigers a 4-6 mark with a 1-2 record in the
conference. Ansonia will travel to Tri-County North tonight for a CCC
game with the Panthers.
Greenville 6, Troy 5
FM 6, Bradford 5
Versailles 8, St. Henry 1
Greenville 8, Troy 4
Bradford 15, FM 2
Shawanna Meadows singles in the second inning, driving in the
Tigers second run of the game.