Eichhorn no-hits Sacred Heart

By BRIAN RICKERD State Journal Sports Writer Published:

Senior pitcher Amy Eichhorn tossed the 12th no-hitter of her sterling high school softball career to lead the Franklin County Lady Flyers to a 3-1 win over the Sacred Heart Valkyries on Wednesday night at Sally Gaines Field.

Eichhorn struck out two, walked four and took advantage of another solid defensive effort by her teammates as Franklin County improved to 21-11.

Sacred Heart, the third-place finisher in the state a year ago, is 17-11.

Eichhorn managed to no-hit the Valkyries despite a case of tendinitis in her throwing shoulder.

"I pitched average," Eichhorn said. "I have tendinitis in my right shoulder, so I'm trying to work through that. I didn't pitch as well as I'd like."

Which speaks volumes about Eichhorn's lofty standards on the mound.

"I thought she did an excellent job," Franklin County coach Tracy Spickard said of Eichhorn. "It may be she's lost a little velocity occasionally, but I really didn't notice it much today. She's battled through nagging injuries all year. She was smart on the mound today. She did what it takes."

For three innings it looked like junior pitcher Julia Hubbard of the Valkyries was just as likely as Eichhorn to throw a no-hitter.

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