Osborne hurls no-hitter
By Michael Butler
Pitching a no-hitter in baseball or softball is no easy task. Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta threw the only one in the Major Leagues last season.
Last week, Tallassee High School junior Haylee Osborne did the act in the Tigers' 6-0 win at Valley. The March 2 win improved THS' record to 5-2 under first year head coach Pat Love.
"She threw 99 pitches in all," Love said. "65 were strikes. 15 were first pitch strikes."
Osborne pitched all seven innings facing 25 batters, striking out 13 and walking four. Her overall ERA is 1.05.
Osborne just missed another no-hitter in the Benjamin Russell Tournament on Feb. 25 against Woodland. She got the win with a one-hit shutout.
A superstition is to avoid bringing up a no-hitter when one is in progress. Osborne was unaware of the no-hit game she was working.
"I wasn't thinking about anything during the game really," she said. "I guess I was really focusing on making sure my pitches were working and moving, and I was hitting my spots. I was just able to control the ball really well and that's all I could have wanted. I was getting called strikes and I was either getting girls to swing and miss or if they put the ball in play, my teammates did a great job of backing me up."
Tallassee plays host to Beauregard on Tuesday, March 7. The junior varsity game begins at 4:30 with the varsity game scheduled for 6:00 at Southside Park.