Albia?s overpowering sophomore pitcher Jena Lawrence struck out 10 and walked only one in a complete-game no-hitter Tuesday night at home against the Fairfield softball team while collecting an 8-0 non-conference victory.
In last seasons matchup as a freshman, Lawrence was dominant but the Trojans were able to get a big hit with runners on base to secure a 2-0 victory over the team that?s currently ranked No. 2 in Class 3A.
Head Coach Bob Bradfield reiterated that Lawrence is one of the better pitchers Fairfield will face all season and as much as a team goes in expecting to be able to scratch away with a hit here or there and a run or two when needed, the Trojans are what they are, a young team that?s learning to hit.
Bradfield said his team wasn?t depressed after the game, they just knew that they had just played someone who, at this time, is hard to compete with on that level.
The skipper said one issue is that last year they had 4-5 dangerous, seasoned hitters and this year they have maybe one or two.
As for pitching, Allison Rebling allowed five runs on five hits in four-plus innings while walking two and striking out four.
Ashtyn Drish came on for two innings of relief, allowing three runs on four hits while striking out two and walking none.
Fairfield will now travel to Burlington tonight to play the No. 14 ranked team in Class 5A in an annual doubleheader against the Greyhounds most successful girls? sports program.
Bradfield said he expects their pitching will be above average.
The Trojans then continue their strong schedule with a four-game slate starting Friday when they travel to Oxford to play Class 4A?s No. 3 Carlisle, followed by host Clear Creek-Amana before challenging West Branch and Williamsburg Saturday in the Clipper Invitational.