Lebanon Reporter

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May 13, 2014

Montgomery perfect as Tigers trounce Eagles

Lebanon pitcher Ashlyn Montgomery has been close multiple times this season to throwing a no-hitter.

She finally got her first one of the season Monday night. Montgomery threw a perfect game for the Tigers, retiring all 15 Zionsville batters she faced in a 16-0 victory.

"It feels really good," Montgomery said. "I know some of these girls and it feels good to throw a perfect game and just give my best."

Four times this season Montgomery has allowed two hits or less in her starts.

She was finally able to finish off the no-hitter this time, striking out seven Eagles.

"Some of the past games there have been a few little dud hits that just find a hole or just get over the infield," she said. "It was good to clean that up and have a no-hitter; it felt good."

Zionsville assistant coach Kraig Roederer, who was filling in for Lori Esparza, said that Montgomery did a good job of locating her pitches.

"She hits her spots really well," Roederer said. "She has a lot of movement and mixes up her speeds very well. She threw a lot of good changeups to some of our hitters that had been hitting well. She is a really good pitcher and has obviously put in a lot of time to what she does."

For Lebanon, it is a nice breakout game after having two games in a row where the game was in the balance in the final inning.

Assistant coach Shane Britt, who was filling in for head coach Steve Smith, said it was good to see the girls bounce back with a strong performance.

"The girls on Friday and Saturday started to get a little worn down because that was our fifth game of the week," Britt said. "Before the game, I told the girls to win this one for Coach Smith since he was sick and wasn't here. They came out and did a nice job tonight."

Lebanon sent nine girls to the plate and scored four runs in each of the four innings they batted.

For more of this story, read Tuesday's Lebanon Reporter.

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