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Softball: Loudonville Christian cruises into Class D semifinals

Rollis' sixth no-hitter of season paves the way

Loudonville Christian pitcher Alexis Rollis delivers to the plate during last Friday’s Section II Class D quarterfinal game against Sharon Springs in Loudonville.

Loudonville Christian pitcher Alexis Rollis delivers to the plate during last Friday’s Section II Class D quarterfinal game against Sharon Springs in Loudonville. Robert Goo

— It was just another day at the office for Alexis Rollis and the Loudonville Christian softball team.

Rollis pitched her sixth no-hitter of the season, and the Eagles poured on the runs in a 27-0 victory over Sharon Springs in Friday's Section II Class D quarterfinal game in Loudonville.

Relying mainly on her fastball, Rollis struck out 18 batters to propel top-seeded LCS (18-0) into Tuesday's semifinal against Central Hudson Valley League rival Germantown at Colonie's Veeder Park.

"She's a great competitor, and she loves to win," said Loudonville Christian coach Carrie Hagwell of Rollis. "She does her best to make that happen. She threw great pitches and had good location today. She's just and excellent athlete."

Rollis took her sixth no-hitter in stride.

"It feels really good, and I certainly wasn't expecting it," said Rollis, who will attend Kings College in New York City where she will be an outside-hitter on the volleyball team. "I just wanted to come out and win. I throw five pitches, but today it was all my fastball. I try not to concentrate on no-hitters or I get in my head. I actually think I work better under pressure."

Rollis had little pressure on her Friday, as the Eagles pounded out 19 hits. They scored runs in every inning, starting with the four they recorded in the bottom of the first. Two runs in the second and five runs in both the third and fourth frames put the game out of Sharon Springs' reach.

Senior Justine Markinson was 4-for-5 at the plate. She had an RBI triple, a double, two singles and plated another run on a squeeze bunt.

"I felt good up there at the plate today," Markinson said. "I was working on my timing, starting my swing a little earlier (and) not dropping my hands. There is always something to tweak, no matter if it's the beginning or the end of the season."

Catcher Ange Stephano drove in six runs on three hits. She had a two-run single, a three-run home run and a sacrifice fly, and she scored five times.

Shortstop Stephanie Zaloom went 4-for-6 with a three-run homer. She finished with four RBI and five runs scored.

"Our bats have been great this year,'' Hagwell said. "Everyone contributed today. It's a great team win for us. We were very focused, and we came in ready to play."

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