Cronic no-hits Wild­cats as New­ton routs Love­joy

The Covington News - - SPORTS - XAVIER MCKNIGHT sports@cov­

Fresh­man start­ing pitcher Mad­die Cronic threw a no-hit­ter for the New­ton Lady Rams on Se­nior Night, as the var­sity softball team ended their reg­u­lar sea­son Thurs­day night with a 12-0 win over the Love­joy Wild­cats.

The Rams’ rout be­gan in the first in­ning when they took a 2-0 lead on a 2-RBI dou­ble by catcher Ash­ley Weesner. The Rams added an­other run in the in­ning with an RBI sin­gle by se­cond base­man Ash­ton McKin­non.

The Rams added three more runs in the se­cond in­ning with a run scored by short­stop Ciera Bryan and RBI sin­gles by McKin­non and third base­man Katy Am­mons. The Rams added four more runs in the third in­ning, push­ing their lead to 9-0 be­fore the start of the fourth.

In the top of the fourth in­ning, Cronic’s no hit­ter ap­peared to be in pos­si­ble jeop­ardy, but two back-to­back over the head catches by right fielder Cheyenne Wals­ing­ham se­cured it for Cronic.

“I’m very happy that she made those catches,” Cronic said. “If she doesn’t, I don’t have my no-hit­ter.”

The Rams se­cured the win in the fourth in­ning with two scored runs by Wals­ing­ham and Weesner. The Rams went on to win in a 12-0 shutout.

The game was Cronic’s first no-hit­ter dur­ing her high school ca­reer.

“It feels good be­cause I’m young. Ev­ery­one is al­ways telling me that I’m re­ally good and I feel like I’m re­ally good,” Cronic said.

New­ton coach Vir­ginia Wa­ters also spoke very highly of her start­ing pitcher.

“It’s a huge deal and it says a lot for her be­cause she’s only a fresh­man,” Wa­ters said.

Prior to the game, the Rams’ play­ers and coach­ing staff hon­ored cen­ter fielder Br­is­hanti Weaver as the team’s only se­nior. Weaver has played all four years with the Rams.

“It feels good,” Weaver said. “We started strong and we fin­ished strong.”

Wa­ters said that Weaver was a great ex­am­ple for her younger play­ers this sea­son.

“She’s the per­fect ex­am­ple of a stu­dent ath­lete,” Wa­ters said. “Grades al­ways come first with her. She had the high­est grade point av­er­age of any­one on the team last year and she still has one of the high­est this year.”

The Rams will be­gin re- gion post­sea­son play the se­cond week of Oc­to­ber.

Matt Smith/The Covington News

New­ton pitcher Mad­die Cronic threw a no-hit­ter to blank Love­joy 12-0 Thurs­day on Se­nior Night.

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