By Patrick Newell
Sun Sports Editor
AFTON – For just the second time in the nine-year history of the Midstate Athletic Conference, a team other than Afton is standing atop the league, and it took a no-hitter to dethrone the Crimson Knights.
Greene sophomore pitcher Rebecca Hanrahan threw her fifth no-hitter this season, and was backed by sterling, error-free defense in a 4-0 shutout of Afton on Wednesday at Afton High School.
Hanrahan struck out 10 and issued two walks. “We’ve been stressing gloves and feet all year, and it really started last year,” said Greene coach Rick Smith. “The gloves have been amazing, and our infield has made just 14 errors all season. Our work ethic every day in practice says it all.”
Afton (14-3), five-time defending league champions, had its best consistent contact against Hanrahan in the fifth inning. Stephanie Parsons hit a sharp one-hop grounder to Greene’s Caitlin Willis, who calmly threw to first for the out. Taylor Briggs followed with a well-hit grounder up the middle. Greene second baseman Steph Stahl ranged far to her right, and threw to first for the second out of the inning. Brit Patten then grounded out to Stahl to end the inning.