Second-seeded Hannan pounded out 11 hits, and Amelia Mares and Alex Clesi combined for a no-hitter as the Hawks easily defeated No. 15 Lusher Charter 13-0 in a Division II softball regional round playoff game Monday afternoon.
The game, which was called in the fifth inning because of the 10-run mercy rule, was played at Coquille Parks and Recreation in Covington.
With the win, the Hawks (23-6) advance to the quarterfinals and await the winner of No. 7 St. Charles Catholic and No. 10 Teurlings Catholic, who square off on Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. at St. Charles.
The Hawks wasted little time scoring, getting two runs in the first inning, highlighted by an RBI single from senior first baseman Sarah Dufour.
After an unearned run in the second, Hannan scored four more runs in the third inning as Gentry Spinks had an inside-the-park home run, Shelby Thompson and Alex Clesi had RBI singles.
Dufour, Sydney Thompson, Shelby Thompson and Clesi led an offensive outburst in the fourth as Hannan batted around, scoring six runs on five hits to make it 13-0.
Twin sisters making their postseason debuts for the Hawks, Sydney and Shelby Thompson combined to go 4 for 6 with three RBIs.
“With a lot kids making their varsity playoff debuts many of us were very nervous,” Shelby Thompson said. “It took us a couple of minutes to kind of get settled, but once we did, we were ready to go.”
Meanwhile in the circle Mares and Clesi combined for 10 strikeouts and allowed only one ball into the outfield. The only baserunner for Lusher was in the second inning when Raven Little was hit by a Clesi pitch.
“A lot like Sydney said it was important for me to kind of get my feet wet and get those first playoff game nerves out of my system,” Mares said. “This game was fun. I felt fine as the game progressed.”
Playing in the school’s first playoff game, Lusher finished its season 10-7.
With the victory, Hannan has now won 13 of its past 14 games.