STEWART, Ohio — Jess Coleman was on fire, calmly cooling off the Federal Hocking Lady Lancer bats.
That’s because Coleman, the Eastern High School softball squad’s ace pitcher, crafted a no-hitter on Wednesday in the visiting Eagles’ 16-0 Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division shutout.
The Eagles amassed at least one run in all five innings, scoring twice in the first and fourth — sandwiched around a five-run second and a single-run third.
Leading 10-0 in the top of the fifth, Eastern amounted six more runs to further cement Coleman’s no-hit bid.
She did just that, despite Eastern committing a couple of errors in the fifth, as the contest was called following the fifth inning with the 10-run mercy rule.
With the win, the Eagles earn the season sweep of the Lancers — and more importantly continue to lead the TVC-Hocking.
Eastern is now 12-1 and atop the league, leading both Belpre (11-2) and Trimble (11-2) by a full game with three each to play.
The Eagles are now 15-6 overall, while Federal Hocking fell to 6-12 — and 4-10 in the division.
Coleman retired the Lancers 1-2-3 in the opening two innings, then gave up a leadoff walk in the third.
That runner was erased on a 5-4 fielder’s choice, as Coleman also allowed a two-out walk in the fourth.
In the fifth, none of the three Lancer runners reached home.
At the plate, Eastern got three hits apiece from Sidney Cook and Taylynn Rockhold, as Rockhold scored three runs.
Cera Grueser and Mollie Maxon mustered two hits apiece, including a double by Maxon.
Eastern traveled to Trimble on Thursday, and hosts Belpre today.
A win on both days would give the Lady Eagles the outright TVC-Hocking title yet again.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106