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Meghan Beaubien tosses no-hitter, St. Mary C.C. wins tourney opener over Dundee

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Meghan Beaubien tosses no-hitter, St. Mary C.C. wins tourney opener over Dundee

Dundee – Meghan Beaubien and Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central began the 2017 Division 3 tournament just where they left off.

The two-time defending state champions scored two runs in the second and third innings, and went on to defeat Dundee, 10-0, in a pre-district on Tuesday.

Beaubien, the outstanding senior lefthander, tossed her third no-hitter of the season as she struck out nine and issued no walks in her five innings.

St. Mary C.C. (17-3) will play Adrian Madison in a district semifinal on Saturday at Madison at 11:30 a.m.

Beaubien (16-1) faced 16 batters against Dundee and the lone batter that reached base reached on an error. Beaubien struck out the last five batters and seemed to be more comfortable as the game wore on despite a gusty wind and a brief rain shower.

“I had to be conscientious of the pitches I was throwing because of the wind,” she said. “It was just getting my timing right. I was a little tired. We had played seven games (in five days) and that’s not an excuse. I hadn’t been able to practice much because of all the games we played and I hadn’t been able to get my timing down.”

The Kestrels had 14 hits, four were for extra bases and Dundee pitcher McKenna Schmidt allowed two walks. Schmidt, a sophomore right-hander who committed to Loyola (IL), pitched well for four innings as the Vikings trailed 4-0 until St. Mary C.C. scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth to end it.

Sophomore Brook Angerer led the Kestrels by going 3-3 with three RBI. Junior Kelsey Barron went 2-4 with two RBI, junior Kenna Garst had a double, a triple and two RBI and sophomore Brook Barton went 2-3.

“We had a good week of practice,” St. Mary C.C. coach John Morningstar said. “It’s about being mentally ready. It was their home field. They have a good pitcher and Dundee will always battle.

“I try to get my players not to over swing. Victor Martinez said, “I try to find the ball and play with it”. I think that’s good advice.”

Beaubien allowed four runs in the seven tournament games last season. She tossed a five-inning no-hitter in the state semifinal and had a perfect game in the final.

“As long as it’s a shutout, that’s fine with me,” she said. “I haven’t had too many no-hitters this season. It seems like I’m always giving up one hit. I had 21 strikeouts against (Riverview Gabriel) Richard and they got one hit and that was a bunt single. It’s not that I’ve pitched (poorly). I think I’ve pitched pretty well this season.”