Cowan tosses no-no

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 4, 2006

WINDSOR – Megan Cowan tossed her second no-hitter of the season here Tuesday afternoon.

Bertie won the Northeastern Coastal Conference contest 2-0 over Edenton when the junior hurler kept the Aces hitless while striking out 16.

&uot;I wanted to throw strikes,&uot; Cowan said. &uot;I was focused today. I have been working on not rushing it and taking my time. Today that worked.

&uot;We are taking it one game at a time,&uot; she added.

The Lady Falcons scored their first run of the game in the bottom of the second stanza.

Courtney Dunlow walked and Allyson Hoggard reached first on an error. A double steal sent Dunlow to third and Hoggard to second. Dunlow scored on a Kelly Cummings RBI-groundout to give the Falcons a 1-0 lead.

The Lady Falcons added a run in the bottom of the fifth frame.

Cummings singled to right before Cowan singled to right. The pair stole second and third. Cummings was erased at the plate on a Christie Brown fielder’s choice. Cowan took third and Brown second on the play.

Cowan scored on an Abby Parker RBI-single to left to give the Falcons a 2-0 advantage.

It was senior day at Bertie High School since it was the Falcons’ last home game of the year. Hoggard was the lone senior and was recognized. After the game, she commented on her team’s performance.

&uot;I love my team,&uot; Hoggard said. &uot;We worked hard all year. We are ready to play Currituck, who beat us in the first game.&uot;

Veteran BHS coach Jackie Copeland was pleased with the win.

&uot;Megan pitched an excellent game,&uot; Copeland said. &uot;This was a big win for us. We will work on our hitting and running the bases and be ready for our big game against Currituck Thursday.&uot;

Bertie had six hits, led by Cowan and Parker, who had two each.

Bertie improved to 16-4-1 overall and 8-2 in the league. They travel to conference-leading Currituck today at 4:30 p.m.