Fairfield’s Arica Melson threw a no hitter against the Lynchburg softball team and Shelby Smithson went yard on Wednesday night on their way to win a 12-0 run-rule.
The Lady Lions scored in every inning except for the fourth, scoring six runs in the second, three runs in the fifth, two in the first and one in the third.
“The girls played some good softball today, “ Fairfield’s coach Mark Dettwiller said after the big win. “They hit the ball really well and our defense was spot on. I think we had 15 hits and I don’t think any of them were cheap. They were all good, solid line drives. Shelby [Smithson] hit a ball out and I’m not sure if it has landed yet. She absolutely crushed it.”
“Lynchburg has come up a few notches since the last time I saw them,” Dettwiller continued. “I think here in a the next two or three years, they’re really going to be tough.”
“Arica [Melson] was dominant tonight,” Dettwiller said about his pitcher’s performance. “She threw the no hitter and would have been a perfect game if not for the walks. She hit her spots very well and kept Lynchburg off balance.”
“Hannah [Binkley] just wasn’t on her game tonight,” Lynchburg coach Spring Roberts said after the tough loss. “I think a couple of the batters rattled her in that first inning, and she’s a freshman, so she is going to get rattled. Nikki [Jones] came in and was able to slow them down a bit in those last two innings.”
“We were basically throwing batting practice to them and that’s all we can do at this point, so our defense has to step up and make plays. We practice a lot on defense just so Hannah can throwwhat she throws.”
Fairfield will be back in action on Thursday night when they travel to North Adams and Lynchburg will play Eastern Brown at home on Thursday as well.
Robert Stegbauer is a staff-reporter for the Times-Gazette. You can reach him by email at rstegbauer@civitasmedia or follow him on Twitter at @RStegbauer.