Howard tosses no-hitter

By By Jamie Sullivan / staff writer
March 6, 2002
The Clarkdale Lady Bulldogs advanced to 7-3-1 on the season behind a no-hitter by sophomore pitcher Emily Howard, en route to a 15-0 win over the Meridian High School Lady Wildcats on Tuesday night.
Howard started the game off right, when she fanned the first Lady Wildcat. The Lady Bulldog defense stood behind to retire the next two batters.
Brandi Wright received a walk to start the bottom of the first inning for the Lady Bulldogs. Wright later stole second base, as was driven in on a single from Megan Potate. JorD'an Orr and Howard were both hit by pitches, allowing them free passes to first base. Ashley Satcher received a walk to load the bases for Sabrina Woodall, who was put out by a throw from the pitcher to the first basemen. However, due to a throwing error, Orr and courtesy runner Brandi Limerick scored to put the Lady Bulldogs up 4-0.
Howard ruined her chances of a perfect game, when she walked the lead-off batter, Artesian Boyd in the top of the second inning. Stephanie Mosley was the only other Lady Wildcat who reached base, that coming on Howards' only other walk.
The Lady Bulldogs picked up where they left off in the first inning, as Potate was issued a walk to start the bottom of the second inning. Orr hit a line-drive to the left field fence for a triple to score Potate to make the score 5-0. Howard was hit by another pitch, giving her a free pass to first base. Limerick came in to run for Howard, and stole second base on the first pitch. Satcher scored Orr on an RBI single to right field. Woodall doubled to left to score Limerick. The next batter, Bethany Spidle doubled in Satcher and Woodall to make the score 9-0 in the second inning. Howard retired the first three batters in the third inning to put the Lady Bulldogs back at the plate.
Potate singled to right field to start the inning for the Lady Bulldogs. Orr reached first on a walk, but she was later thrown out at second base on a fielder's choice by Howard. Lindsey Dawkins reached first on a walk to score Potate. Spidle was also hit by a pitch, allowing Limerick to score. Satcher reached base on a walk, and later stole home plate to score the third and final run of the third inning. The Lady Bulldogs lead 12-0 after three complete innings.
The Lady Wildcats were retired in order in the fourth inning, keeping Howard's no-hitter alive.
Orr rallied for a two-out triple in the fourth inning to start things off for Clarkdale. Howard ripped a shot to right field to score Orr from third. Satcher received a walk to put runners on first and second base for Woodall. Woodall singled to load the bases for Dawkins. Dawkins was hit by a pitch allowing Limerick to score. Spidle tripled to right field to score Satcher.
Howard said her worst sports memory was having a no-hitter going and letting the last batter spoil it. Those feelings arose again here Tuesday night.
The Lady Bulldogs were led offensively by Orr with two triples and one RBI. Limerick had four runs scored for the Lady Bulldogs.
Potate, Orr, and Satcher all had three runs scored. Clarkdale will be in action again Thursday night, when it hosts the Union Yellowjackets at 7 p.m.
MHS hosts Union High School at the Northeast Softball Complex today at 3 p.m. in a makeup game.

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