March 19, 2014
Ashley Overbay pitched another no-hitter as Harlan blanked visiting New Harlan 11-0 on Tuesday in middle school softball action.
Overbay struck out 11 and walked two, recording every out but one in the four-inning game.
“Ashley’s offseason work really shows. She puts a lot of time in to getting better, and each game we play it shows,” said Harlan coach David Overbay. “Being a left-handed pitcher she has a natural movement on the ball, and she has really been working on some off-speed pitches this winter.”
Payton Bennett doubled to lead the Harlan offense. Katelyn Burkhart, Mackenzie King, Overbay Ann Marie Bianchi and Jayda Young added singles.
Jaycee Lewis and Emily Long pitched for New Harlan.
Harlan improved to 4-1 heading into a game Friday at East Bernstadt.
“We have a lot of experience back this year and are trying to get the rust knocked off from the offseason,” Overbay said. “Except for the errors in the Corbin game (6-5 loss), we have played as well as expected this early in the season.”
The Lady Dragons are loaded with experience. Overbay has 12 eighth graders on his roster.
“We have a unique situation with a large group of eighth graders who can play. We have to improve on getting our bats up to speed and making the most out of our hitting while continuing to work on our fundamentals and also working with our younger girls to prepare them for game situations,” he said. “We have 21 girls who work hard every day and want to get better every time they step on the field. They are a gritty, hard working bunch who doesn’t give up, which is something you can’t teach.”