Olivia Morris and Maggie Cooper teamed up to throw a no-hitter, while eight Lady Bearkatz hitters hit safely, leading Melbourne to an 11-0 rout of Norfork in the quarterfinals of the 1A Region 2 Softball Tournament May 3 in Brockwell.
The Morris/Cooper double-team was so stout, they came within one walk of throwing a perfect game, facing just one hitter over the minimum in the five-inning contest.
The win sends Melbourne, who reached the Class 1A title game last seson, back to the state playoffs.
Morris worked the first three innings of the game, holding the Lady Panthers hitless while fanning seven. Cooper logged the last two frames, striking out five.
Morris (single, double, triple, three RBIs) got Melbourne off to a good start in the bottom of the second by slamming a standup triple with two out in the frame. Emily Carroll (hit, RBI) then brought Morris home with an infield hit, giving Melbourne a 1-0 lead after two.
The Lady Katz scampered across the plate two more times in the bottom of the third, using another two-out rally.
Amanda Treat (hit, RBI) reached on a base-on-balls and later came home on a hard shot from Abby Cooper (hit, RBI). Cooper also scored on an infield hit to short off the bat of Megan Whitehurst (hit, RBI), pushing Melbourne on top 3-0.
Then the Lady Bearkatz put the game on ice with an eight-run explosion in the fourth.
Morris came home on a throwing error to start the fourth, followed by a double from Abbi Miller. A fielder's choice from Tass Gillihan (RBI) plated Carroll, and a shot past short from Maggie Cooper (hit, RBI) scored the next run for Melbourne. Treat put down a nice bunt that scored Cooper, and then Whitehurst drilled a shot to left that was misplayed, allowing Treat to come in on the error.
Then Morris dropped the hammer on Norfork with a double to center that plated three runs, giving Melbourne the 11-0 victory.
Whitney Wammack blasted a grand-slam and the Melbourne Lady Bearkatz knocked off the Izard County Lady Cougars 6-2 in the championship game of the 1A-2 East District Tournament April 26.
Wammack's big shot came in the first inning, getting Melbourne off to a great start in the contest.
Morris earned the win on the hill for the Lady Katz, while she also added a pair of hits, as did Meagan Whitehurst.