I wasn’t there, but hopefully Ashland softball pitcher Megan Hensley walked off the field with a smile on her face on Friday.
Her team committed five errors and lost 2-1, but nestled in between that 1 in the run column and 5 in the error slot was a perfectly ovaled, never-to-be-touched 0.
Hensley even did a little extra by driving in the Kittens’ only run — not to mention pumping out 15 strikeouts — in the strange loss to South Range (Ohio) in Myrtle Beach.
While it’s probably happened in various levels of both baseball and softball, the rare occurrence still puts the sophomore in small company.
The Monday Morning Shortstop did a bit of digging and found that there have been just two official no-hitters in major league baseball history that resulted in a loss.
One was a combination no-hitter by Baltimore’s Steve Barber and Stu Miller in a 2-1 loss to Detroit in 1967. The other was a Houston Colt .45s’ 1-0 loss to Cincinnati pitched by Ken Johnson in 1964.
More on Hensley’s tough luck in the first item of this week’s “Cycle ...”
-Two of Hensley’s best-pitched games resulted in defeats. Another was a 12-strikeout effort in which she didn’t relent a run until the seventh inning against St. Mary’s Ryken (Md.) on Wednesday. The Kittens lost, 1-0. Despite the right-hander’s misfortunate, Hensley seems to continue to make strides both in the circle and at the plate as she tries to help keep Ashland on a region-winning path.
-Boyd County’s softball team pounded out 72 total hits in seven games while at Cocoa Beach, Fla. The Lady Lions went 4-3 as they showed that Emily Stewart and Taylor Wheeler have plenty of help surrounding them in a highly talented lineup.
-The Lady Lions and Kittens were just a couple local teams to have played schools with odd names this past week. Having already talked about St. Mary’s Ryken, here are a few more: Astronaut (Fla.), Satellite (Fla.), Pope John Paul II (Tenn.) and Chicago Brother Rice.