Morgan Christner no-hits Mt. PleasantSophomore all-stater strikes out 11, just misses perfect game
Morgan Christner did not do it all. It just appeared that way.
Christner, New London’s sophomore all-state softball pitcher, no-hit Mt. Pleasant in non-conference softball and drove in the game’s lone run in a 1-0 Tiger win Wednesday night at the Mapleleaf Athletic Complex.
For five innings, Christner and Mt. Pleasant’s Jena Stukerjurgen were throwing blanks at the opposition.
That, however, changed in the sixth inning when Sarah Holtkamp, the Tigers’ ninth-place hitter, hit a leadoff single. After Holtkamp was bunted second by leadoff hitter Sami Koontz, Stukerjurgen bore down and retired Victoria Noel.
Up stepped Christner. The sophomore roped a Stukerjurgen offering into the cap and Holtkamp touched them all to give the winners the only run they needed.
Only a one-out, seventh-inning walk to the Panthers’ Cali Liechty stood in the way of Christner hurling a perfect game.
Christner sent 11 Panthers back to the bench on strikes. The win improved her season mark to 16-3
As good as Christner was, Panther ace Stukerjurgen was up to the task, walking one and striking out three while giving up five hits to the 16-4 Tigers.
Catcher Emily Parks had a pair of hits for the winners. Christner’s double was the game’s only extra-base hit. Smacking singles for the winners were Holtkamp and Emma Pry.
The loss left Mt. Pleasant at 12-14. It also spoiled a reunion of sorts for Panther boss Troy Mears, a long-time New London coach, before stepping aside for a couple of years until taking the Mt. Pleasant job this summer.