Thomas retired the first 20 batters she faced and was within one out of a perfect game with two outs in the bottom of the seventh when a pop-up to left field was dropped for an error. Thomas recovered to strike out the next batter, however, to record her second no-hitter of the season (she also fired a no-hitter against Abingdon on April 22).
Thomas got plenty of help at the plate as Carroll County (8-7, 6-3 SWD) banged out 16 hits and seven runs. Grace Ayers, who went 4-for-5 and scored a pair of runs, started the Cavs off right with a leadoff single in the first inning. She moved to second and third bases on sacrifices by Leanna Rippey and Thomas before scoring on Lillie Kimble’s RBI single. Jacqueline Martin also scored after back-to-back singles by Lexi Hodge and Meaghan Snow.
Despite ripping nine hits over the next five innings, Carroll couldn’t add to its lead. The Cavs struck for five insurance runs in the seventh, however. Kimble started the onslaught with a two-out double. Hodge followed with a double of her own to score Kimble. Ayers added a single and scored. Hodge, Snow, Nicole Hawks and Rippey also scored to round out the big inning.
“We hit the ball well and Rebecca pitching well helped too. We hit the ball really well with two outs,” Carroll County head coach Terry Warf said. “We got five runs in the last inning with two outs.”
Kimble went 4-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI for Carroll. Thomas and Hawks both drove in a pair of runs for the Cavs. Hodge went 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Hawks and Rippey each had two hits.
“Lillie Kimble was 4-for-4, Grave Ayers was 4-for-5 and Lexi was 3-for-4,” Warf said. “They all played great.”
With the win, Carroll County remains third place in the Southwest District behind Richlands and Tazewell.
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Pennington and Hart (M); Thomas and Hodge (CC). 2B - Kimble 2, Hodge (CC).