Kralj fires another no-hitter

From Herald Staff Reports

The Heritage Hills softball team knows full well that it gets tougher from here. But what’s not to like about a second straight no-hitter?

Kaitlin Kralj achieved that Thursday with the backing of the rest of the Patriots, who flattened Crawford County 13-1 in Lincoln City. Kralj, a junior, spun her second five-inning no-hitter in as many days after shackling Tell City in a 13-0 beatdown Wednesday.


Kralj walked a batter Thursday and the Wolfpack scratched out a run, but Kralj whiffed nine hitters and Heritage Hills coach Joe Asbury gave the assist to catcher Hayli Scott and an alert Patriot defense for sealing another no-no.

“Our overall energy and mental approach has been good by all the girls, including Kaitlin,” Asbury said. “Kaitlin and Hayli Scott have been working on different pitches at different times. They weren’t just getting up there and throwing pitches and trying to get out of the inning. They’ve been really working on their games.”

The Class 3A No. 7 Patriots also amassed 18 hits, and Felicia Leibering rang up six RBIs. Scott drove in two and collected three hits. Kralj, Megan Ficker, Ashley Bauer and Cadie DellaMorta all added two hits for Heritage Hills (10-3), which sprang to a 7-0 lead after two innings and notched its final six runs in the third.

Asbury expects there will be more resistance soon, with Pocket Athletic Conference foe North Posey awaiting Monday before Tuesday’s trip to perennial power Boonville.

“That’s going to be a big challenge for us,” Asbury said. “We’re going to need (Kaitlin) to make good pitches, and we’re going to need our defense to make plays behind her.”



Rangers 12, Pioneers 2, six innings: Forest Park arrived at Boonville ready to swing. The Rangers swamped the host Pioneers with 11 runs in the first inning, and Adam Braunecker, Josh Voegerl, Ben Wendholt and Bryan Hurst all contributed a pair of hits in Forest Park’s first run-rule victory of the season.

Hurst added two RBIs and the Rangers (6-4) played errorless defense behind Kyle Sclachter, who worked the first five innings to garner the victory.

Forest Park hosts neighbor Southridge (5-4) tonight.

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