COLUMBIA CITY – It was a short night at the ballpark for the Columbia City High School softball team Thursday night April 21 at home, as the Eagles shut out Bishop Luers, 10-0 in a contest halted after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
With the win, Columbia City improved to a perfect 5-0 on the young 2022 season.
The Eagles jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back. They added three more in the second, two in the fourth, and ended it in the bottom of the fifth when Brooke Lickey hit a bases-loaded drive off the left-field fence to plate the winning run.
It was a night to remember for Columbia City sophomore pitcher Bethany Haselby, who hurled a five-inning no hitter, facing just 16 hitters with 13 strikeouts. She was a hit batsman shy of a perfect game.
Columbia City coach Dan Weigold said Haselby’s night was a special one.
“She was spot on,” Weigold said. “We had some pretty good baserunning out there.”
The Eagles did hit too many fly balls, Weigold said. “We need to work on hitting line drives. But we did some really nice things out there today.”
For Haselby, the younger sister of Eagles senior hurler Natalie Haselby, it was a night when everything fell into place.
“All my pitches were working,” Haselby said. “I was hitting my spots, and it helps having a great catcher (Haley Webb) behind the plate.”
Next week is a busy one for the Eagles, with six days worth of games on the slate.
Columbia City hosts Bellmont to open NE8 play on Monday. The Eagles travel to Homestead on Tuesday, host Huntington North on Wednesday, are at Warsaw on Thursday, travel to Northrop on Friday, and wrap up the hectic stretch on Saturday at home against Bishop Dwenger.
“It’ll be a good test for us,” Weigold said.