Nicole Baxter did something every pitcher dreams of Tuesday night â€” pitch a no-hitter in the Southern Foothills 1A Conference Opener.
The Knights broke a 1-0 game open in the fifth en route to a 7-0 victory.
North Lincoln scored four runs in the top of the fifth, then added two more in the sixth.
Baxter struck out 12 batters and was also perfect at the plate. She went 3-for-3 with two singles and a triple. Jenna Torbert was 3-for-4 also with two singles and a triple with two RBIs. Courtney Feldon led the Knights in RBIs with four, she went 2-for-4 at the plate.
Baxter, who pitched a no-hitter versus East Lincoln last season, oddly enough focused on something other than her no-hitter.
â€œYeah, it was good. I feel like I walked a bunch of people, but I was really excited â€” I was like, yes,â€ she said.
For the record, Baxter only walked three batters, but one can be sure that itâ€™s her perfectionism that makes her special.
â€œAt this point in the season, Nicole is ahead of where she was last year at this time. If she continues to build, she should be even stronger at the end of the season,â€ Knights head coach Rick Brown said.
Baxterâ€™s team is off to a roaring start at 4-0, 1-0 in the SF 1A.
â€œThe whole team is hitting better and everyone is just better in general. The chemistry is really good and I just think weâ€™re going to go really far. Iâ€™m happy,â€ Baxter said.
Kayla Alexander, Donia McDonald and Nicole Hall each singled. April Wilson had a RBI.
North Lincoln will host Highland Tech on Thursday if weather permits.
While itâ€™s still early in the season, the Knights already have the â€˜git-r-doneâ€™ mentality that spurred them on to third place in the state last season.
Will third place be accepted this year, now that the Knights have experienced the softball final four?
â€œIt wonâ€™t be accepted. We are going all the way (winning the state). That is our ultimate goal as a team,â€ Baxter said.
â€œWe have to keep working on our hitting, but weâ€™re headed in the right direction. I think most of the girls wonâ€™t be satisfied without finishing better than we did last year,â€ Brown said.
by John Mark Brooks