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April 18, 2014

East’s Postlewait, North’s Latocha toss no-hitters

PLEASANT VALLEY — Tori Postlewait made a deal with her great-uncle, Kenny Carpenter, before her freshman season.

If the Bees’ pitcher tossed a no-hitter, Carpenter promised to give her $20.

Well, it took four years, but it’s finally time for Postlewait’s great-uncle to pay up.

The senior right-hander struck out three batters in a 3-inning no-hitter Thursday at East Fairmont High School. As a little bit of an added bonus, the milestone came in a 10-0 win over Bees’ archrival, Fairmont Senior.

“It’s always good when you can beat a rival,” said Postlewait, who added a double and two walks at the plate for the Bees (8-6, 5-3 Big 10).

She kept the Polar Bears (0-8) off balance with a steady diet of changeups mixed in with her glove-popping fastball. The lone blemish in an otherwise perfect performance was a dropped third strike that almost allowed Postlewait to strike out four batters in a single inning.

Postlewait’s great uncle may be able to cut the pay in half to $10 since the Bees’ offense shortened the contest.

Cassidy Toothman and Sydney Postlewait singled. But much of the Bees’ offensive production came from Mikayla Moore. The senior shortstop provided two hits — including a double — and drove in two runs in her first game back from injury.

“It took long enough,” said the senior, who has been limited to just three games this season after a Bridgeport player spiked her in the shin, gashing her so deeply that it required nine stitches.

The collision at second base that caused the injury came just after Moore missed the end of the basketball season with a broken shin in her opposite leg. Not knowing the extent of the injury, the shooting guard played through it and scored nine points before sitting out the remainder of the season.

“She brings a lot to the table,” said East Fairmont coach John Postlewait. “It’s good personally to see her back and healthy. Team-wise, it’s good to see her back because she brings a lot of experience and game knowledge. It’s completely different with her out on the field.”

Tori Postlewait agreed by saying, “It's great to have her back. We were strong defensively before, but we're even stronger with her back.”

Fairmont Senior starting pitcher Becca Glover struck out two but also walked 12, including Sydney Postlewait to force in the game-ending run in third inning.

Despite the loss, Polar Bears coach Josh Leep said he is seeing improvement.

“They didn’t give up,” said the first-year coach. “They had every opportunity in the world to give up, but they didn’t. They kept playing hard and they kept backing the pitcher.”

Fairmont Senior will play North Marion at noon and Clay-Battelle at 2 p.m. today in the Huskies’ Diamond Dawg tournament. East Fairmont is off until Saturday’s Senior Day against Oak Glen.

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