Harberern fires no hitter
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh shortstop Kristi Seiler puts the tag on Jim Thorpe's Amber Fiducia. Fiducia was throw out trying to steal second base.
Lauren Haberern couldn't have asked for a better result in her first-ever varsity pitching start.
The Northern Lehigh sophomore turned in an impressive performance by tossing a four-inning no-hitter.
She also received plenty of offensive support in 22-0 non-league victory over Jim Thorpe.
"I couldn't have done it without all of the bat support and all my fielders behind me," Haberern said. "They really helped me through this game.
"Of course, I was a little nervous coming into it. But, they really helped me have the confidence. So, all I had to do was focus on my pitching."
The Bulldogs immediately gave Haberern a lead to work as Erika Bowman singled and scored on a Kristi Seiler RBI double in the first inning.
Once Haberern stepped onto the mound, the nerves showed a little as she walked her first batter - Amber Fiducia. A pitch later, Bowman eased the tension by throwing Fiducia out at second base attempting a steal.
After that, Haberern found her comfort zone and the Olympians were in trouble.
In fact, she retired the next eight batters all by herself striking them out.
"She really had command on all of her pitches today," Northern Lehigh coach Brian Schell said. "She just put them right where she wanted them. She was putting them right on the glove - right where the catcher (Bowman) wanted them."
While Haberern and her defense didn't surrender a single hit to the Olympians, the Bulldogs had no problem getting plenty against Thorpe's pitchers.
After adding two more runs in the second, the Bulldogs broke things open with a 10-run third inning and then quickly put an end to things with a nine-run fourth.
The top of the Bulldogs' batting order produced some huge numbers as Bowman, Maggie Lear, Seiler and Tamara Stubits combined to go 13-for-19 (.684 batting average) during the game.
Bowman was a perfect 5-for-5 with three triples, two singles, four runs scored and five RBIs. Seiler (two doubles, a single, two runs scored, two RBIs); Stubits (three singles, a run scored, RBI); and Lear (two hits, two runs scored) also made big contributions.
The top four batters in the Bulldog order weren't alone when it came to big games as No. 6 hitter Kayla Toth (two singles, two runs scored, four RBIs) and No. 9 hitter Megan Filchner (single, double, three runs scored and three RBIs) also played well.
"They really helped me out," Haberern said. "They all had great days at the plate."
It was a different story for the Olympians.
It wasn't until the bottom of the fourth when the Olympians got their bats on the ball, but Haberern's defensive unit snagged two fly balls and a liner to end the game.
"Unfortunately, our girls weren't on the ball as they should have been," Jim Thorpe coach Bernice Bott said. "We have to get a little stronger in the batter's box. We just have to start playing basic, simple, fundamental softball and we will get better."
No. Lehigh 12(10) 9 - 22 17 0
Jim Thorpe 000 0 - 0 0 5
Haberern and Bowman; A. Tillou, Caufman (3) and Milliard. W - Haberern. L - A. Tillou.