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Week of no-nos for Lady Eagles

It was an interesting week to say the least for the Klahowya softball team.

After getting no-hit by Chimacum, one of the top Nisqually League teams this season at 12-2 (9-1 in NL), the Eagles dished out a rather unconventional no-hitter against the Vashon Lady Pirates (1-8, 1-6).

Against Chimacum, the Lady Eagles (5-8, 4-5), KSS couldn’t get into a rhythm, falling 13-0 in five innings on Monday. But with that effort behind them, the Lady Eagles took out their frustration on Vashon Wednesday, needing just five innings themselves to dispose of the Lady Pirates 16-5 in what could be the oddest no-hitter in the school’s history.

In fact, with the score, Klahowya coach Jodie Woolf didn’t even realize until she was tabbing up starter Hillary Paul’s statistics at the end of the game.

“Hillary threw a no-hitter!” Woolf said upon realizing the feat, extending her arms upward.

The Lady Eagles line looked something like this:

KSS — 16 hits, 13 runs, 2 errors.

Vashon — 5 runs, 0 hits, 1 error.

The reason? Walks. Paul walked 10 batters in the game, but showed great poise in getting out of jams, by striking out 3.

In terms of offense, Brittany Devitt, hitting .588 on the season, went 3-3 with a pair of doubles and 5 RBI.

“I can’t complain about our hitting,” Woolf said. “We’re putting the bat on the ball and hitting it hard. And we got hits from seven of our nine players.”

She said the most encouraging thing was to see the more equal distribution of offense throughout the batting order.

“Typically it’s four people,” she said. “They stepped it up a little bit today.”

The Eagles were without four regular starters, including Kelly Kela who was injured in a car accident but is OK.

Woolf said under the circumstances, it was nice to win a game they believed they should.

“There’s been games we should have put away,” Woolf said. “They finished this one.”

The Lady Eagles’ offensive outburst has been timely for the club, coming just before the end of the season and start of playoffs. As of Thursday, the Eagles were the No. 3 seed for the West Central District playoffs, which begin Saturday, May 28 at Sprinker Recreation Center in Tacoma.

The Lady Eagles host Sequim at 4 p.m. on Monday.

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