LHS softball ace Zoë Brewer notches no-hitter, strikeouts milestone in senior night win over SME
photo by: Chris Duderstadt
Between collecting three hits from the leadoff spot and tossing a no-hitter in the circle, Zoë Brewer made sure that the Lawrence High softball team would have plenty to celebrate on senior night for her, Morgan Husman and manager Alaina Barnes.
The Lions made quick work of Shawnee Mission East in a 15-0 run-rule victory in three innings on Thursday at LHS. Along with throwing a no-hitter, Brewer achieved another feat in the circle that she wasn’t aware of.
“I also haven’t told her this yet, but she went over 100 strikeouts in that game,” Lawrence coach Nicole Riley said. “She’s over 100 for the season. Pretty special.”
The LHS senior struck out three and walked while no-hitting the Lancers. The Lions (10-8) were firing on all cylinders offensively to support Brewer, as they put up 10 runs in the first inning. Angelina Harjo ripped a two-run double, Karly Johnson and Sydney Delfelder had two-RBI singles and Kate Williams provided some pop with an RBI triple in the first for LHS.
Williams drove in two with a double in the second and capped the run-rule victory with a sacrifice fly in the third to finish with a team-high four RBIs.
“Her swing has been looking really good the last couple of days,” Riley said. “So we put her in the lineup and look what she did.”
Shortly after Williams’ sac fly, the Lions took some time after the game to eat some ice cream and a special cake that was made for Brewer, Husman and Barnes.
“It’s definitely nice to get a win for them,” Riley said. “They’ve been such a big part of our program all season, so to win on senior night is pretty big.”
While Brewer and Husman have high hopes for the remainder of their final high school season, they’re also looking forward to what’s next in their softball careers. Brewer will be taking her talents to Baker University, while Husman will head to Kansas City Kansas Community College.
“It’s cool to go on and do what you love,” Brewer said. “We’re going to see each other play at a different level this time and not be playing with each other because we play competitive ball together, too. So that’s going to be sad, but fun to watch her.”
Husman added, “I’m pretty excited to see how it is and step up there and see what the competitiveness is (like).”
Brewer has been trying to keep up with how Baker is doing in the Heart of America Athletic Conference tournament. The third-seeded Wildcats defeated Mount Mercy, 1-0, in the first round to set up a showdown with second-seeded Central Methodist at 12 p.m. Friday.
“I’m rooting for them and it’s really exciting to join a program that’s putting together a really good season,” Brewer said of the Wildcats, who have broke BU’s single-season wins record.
The Lions have plans to do some damage in the postseason as well. Lawrence High has won six of its last seven going into its matchup against Maize South at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Olathe District Activity Center.
“That’s what I’m hoping is that we’re heading in the right direction at the right time of the year,” Riley said. “We’ve got two more games in the regular season, and we’re hoping to win out and go into regionals strong.”
SME 000 — 0 0 0
LHS (10)32 — 15 14 0
W — Zoë Brewer. L — Jenah Babick.
2B — Angelina Harjo, Kate Williams, Morgan Husman, LHS. 3B — Kate Williams, LHS.
LHS highlights — Zöe Brewer 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 3 K, 2 BB, 3-for-3, RBI, 3 runs; Kampbell Kilburn 2-for-2, BB, 2 runs; Karly Johnson 1-for-3, 2 RBI, SB, run; Angelina Harjo 2-3, double, 3 RBI, SB, run;
Abby Monroe 0-for-0, 3 BB; Sammy Williams 1-for-3, run; Morgan Husman 2-for-3, double, RBI, 3 runs; Sydney Delfelder 1-for-1, 2 RBI, 2BB, 2 runs; Kate Williams 2-for-2, double, triple, 4 RBI, 2 runs.