Tatum Buckley threw a no-hitter and struck out 12 for Masuk, but a four-base error in the bottom of the first inning held up for Lauralton Hall in a 1-0 win.
Alexa Dawid’s infield slap was thrown away in the bottom of the first inning and she raced around the bases to score the game’s lone run after the Panthers struggled to retrieve the ball. Crusaders’ ace Haley Congdon nearly matched Buckley’s no-hit bid, allowing just a lead-off single to Buckley in the sixth.
After Kayla Crisci popped out, Lauren Middlemass ripped a liner to third base that was snared by Lindsey Spitz. Spitz then threw across the diamond to double off Buckley at first base. Spitz also saved a run in the top of the fourth, backhanding Brittany DaMota’s grounder with Hailey Kobza on second base. Spitz’s throw beat DaMota, with Kobza moving to third, before Steph Appelberg popped out to end the frame.
Masuk (8-2) put the lead-off runner on base four times over the final six innings, but could not crack Congdon — who struck out seven.
The Crusaders improved to 8-3.
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