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Plymouth's Addyson Horne tosses no hitter in regional semifinal

By MICHAEL GRECO • Updated May 26, 2016 at 10:25 PM

KENT — The Plymouth softball mustered one run in the second inning.

That was enough as Addyson Horne did the rest.

The Lady Red advanced to their first regional softball final in school history after a 1-0 Division IV semifinal win over Lisbon David Anderson at Kent State University Thursday.

Plymouth (22-4) is slated to face Hillsdale (23-3), a 3-0 winner over Bristolville Bristol in Wednesday’s semifinal, at noon Saturday with a state trip at stake.

“We had some people check them out,’’ Lady Red coach Tracy Arnold said. “It’s definitely a different team. They rely heavily on their pitcher (Sydney Long) and are quick on the bases.’’

Not only did Horne blank David Anderson, she dominted, firing a no-hitter.

Horne allowed just two base-runners — a catcher’s interference in the second and walk in the fifth — with 15 strikeouts.

“Everything was going well,’’ Arnold said of Horne’s performance.  “Her curve was really moving and her screwball has been reborn all year. We’ve been pretty fortunate all the way round.’’

Horne struck out the side in the second and third innings.

In the seventh, catcher Haven Keene caught a pop-up in foul territory and the celebrattion near the the Lady Red dugout started.

“There was so much adrenaline,’’ Horne said. “Everything was great. It was our definite goal since Day 1. We had some potential and were hoping to get past the semifinals.’’

The closest the Blue Devils came to a hit was in the fifth.

After the walk to Sam Tinsley, Hannah Hiscox blooped a hit to left field.

Plymouth leftfielder Paige Manuel quickly fielded the ball and threw to second baseman Janet Arnold, but it was unclear when the out was on the force-out or a tag when Tinsley stepped off the base.

It was eventually ruled a force-out, keeping Horne’s no hitter intact.

“I had no idea,’’ Horne said of the play. “We got the out and that’s what counted.’’

In the top of the second, Katie Bushey singled up the middle to lead off the inning.

A sacrifice bunt from Romy Thornsberry moved courtesy runner Leslie Mack to second baseball.

Haven Keene rocketed a double off the wall to left and Mack reached third.

Horne then slapped a single to left, plating Mack.

“That gave us some confidence,’’ Horne said. “I  trusted them to make sure nothing else happened.’’

The Lady Red had other chances to score, but couldn’t produce any more runs.

Tristen Wiley led off the third with a double and moved to third on a fielder’s choice.

But a Morgan Chaffins hit a fly ball to second base. Wiley was caught off third and eventually tagged out in a rundownn for a double play.

In the fourth inning, Keene smacked a two-out single to left. Horne belted a double to right, placing runners on second and third.

A pop up, though, closed that rally.

And in the fifth, Wiley belted a two-one double, but was stranded second as the inning ended with a force out and fly ball out.

“We just didn’t string enough hits together,’’  Arnold said.

Keene led the way with three hits, followed by Horne and Wiley two each and Mallory Miller and Bushey one apiece.

Last season, Plymouth also reached the regional semifinal.

That didn’t go so well as the Lady Red fell to Cuyahoga Heights 12-2 in six innings.

“We were all so nervous,’’ Horne said. “We didn’t know what to expect. We had to calm ourselves down. We know we could do it.’’

Arnold said this is a different team.

“This is a unique group of girls,’’ she said. ”The chemistry is so much different. They’ve learned to rely on each other.’’

Plymouth has one day to prepare for Hillsdale.

And it’s also graduation tonight.

“I busy relishing this moment,’’ Arnold said.”(Friday) is a huge day for us. There’s a lot to think about. Our girls always show up.’’

Linescore

Plymouth  010  000  0 — 1  9  0

D. Anderson  000  000  0 — 0  0  1

WP: Horne. LP: Tinsley.

2B: Horne (P), Wiley (P) 2, Keene (P).

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