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NEWCOMERSTOWN -- Visiting Strasburg High's Hannah Duff stole the show on Newcomerstown's Senior Night tossing a perfect game in an 8-0 shutout victory over the Lady Trojans in Inter-Valley Conference softball action on Thursday.
Duff was lights out for the Lady Tigers fanning 12 without allowing a base runner in the contest.
Newcomerstown coach, Raymond Moore praised the Strasburg senior and was happy with the effort his squad put forth.
"Hannah is one of the best pitchers you will see around here," admitted Moore. "She shut us out the first time we played too, but we couldn't put the ball in play in the first game. We were hitting the ball hard today, but her defense made plays so it was nice to see the girls being aggressive at the plate."
The Lady Tigers began the game with two runs in the top of the first inning thanks to a two-run blast by Taeshauna Alleshouse to take a 2-0 lead.
Strasburg struck again in the top of the third frame plating three more runners comforting its lead to 5-0. Alleshouse starting things off when she was granted first base after being hit by a pitch followed by a pair of walks to Emma Clark and Brynn Coles setting the stage for Zoey Thomas who ripped a two-out two-run single.
The Lady Tigers (15-7, 11-4 IVC) tacked on a run in the fourth and two more in the sixth to seal the deal.
Freshman Raegan Smith accepted the pitching loss for the Lady Trojans (6-16, 4-10 IVC) fanning four and walking four in the complete-game effort.
"Raegan pitched a solid game for us," offered Moore of the ace of the pitching staff. "She is only a freshman and only gave up three earned runs tonight... that is pretty good against a quality team like Strasburg. Unfortunately, the defense committed five errors.
"We are a very young team," the NHS mentor continued. "We go out and play against a lot of senior pitchers and the girls were intimidated at the beginning of the year, but they have grown a lot and are starting to believe they can win and stay in ball games and that is great to see."
The lone Newcomerstown senior, Rachel Hinton was honored and played her final home game.
Hinton has paced the Lady Trojan's offense all year and is leading the team in seven different offensive categories. Hinton currently sits at a .400 batting average while posting a .473 on base percentage. Hinton leads Newcomerstown with 18 hits including two home runs and seven RBI this season.
"Rachel is an anchor for us over at first base," offered Moore. "She has a big bat and has led us in almost every offensive category. She is a very smart player and makes the team better. She is a great team leader and her presence has helped this team so much and she will be missed."