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.
-Lawrence County baseball continued to show the Bulldogs aren’t bluffing while in Bluffton, S.C. The undefeated Dawgs (11-0) keep on rolling with close, hard-fought wins.
-East Carter’s softball team is already in midseason form. Amazingly, the Lady Raiders have 16 games in to this point! They are 14-2 with some challenging tests coming up.
-When you take a peek at this week’s 16th Region rankings, you’ll notice that Morgan County baseball is still on the outside looking in. Yes, the Cougars have shot out to an impressive 9-1 start, but the schedule has been much tougher for the Super Seven so far. Their performance in the All “A” Classic could help their case.
-Several top-notch games are on the docket this week, so hopefully everyone returning from those long bus trips are fully-rested and recovered!
-The 16th Region All “A” Classic semifinal and final rounds will be held at Bath County (baseball) and West Carter (softball) this week. Opening-round games are scheduled for various sites. The girls’ semifinals are set for Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., while the championship game will be on Friday at 6 p.m. The boys’ semifinals are slated for Tuesday and Thursday at Bath County at approximately the same times.
-Baseball matchups to circle on the calendar: Boyd County at Greenup County, Tuesday at 7 p.m.; Boyd County at East Carter, Thursday at 6 p.m.; Ashland at Greenup County, Thursday at 7 p.m.; and Lewis County at Lawrence County, Saturday at 5 p.m.
-Softball showdowns to keep an eye on: Ashland at Boyd County, Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.; East Carter at Boyd County, Thursday at 5:30 p.m.; and Greenup County at Russell, Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Snyder’s Super Seven
1. Lewis County (7-2)
2. Bath County (7-4)
3. Greenup County (6-3)
4. Ashland (4-4)
5. Boyd County (4-7)
6. Russell (5-6)
7. East Carter (4-7)
1. Boyd County (5-3)
2. Ashland (6-4)
3. East Carter (14-2)
4. Rowan County (11-3)
5. Menifee County (9-3)
6. Greenup County (6-5)
7. Russell (0-4)
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