The April 26 high school softball game against Belfast definitely will be one Medomak Valley’s Desiree Benner will not soon forget.

The 17-year-old junior pitcher twirled a no-hitter Thursday in the makeup game in Belfast, as she walked only one batter and struck out six in a 17-0, five-inning victory over the Lions (0-4). The game originally was postponed from April 23 and April 24.

Medomak Valley is 2-1 on the young season.

“I was really excited,” said Benner of her accomplishment. “In the first inning I only threw five pitches, so I was pretty happy. But our fielding helped a lot. We had a lot of 1-2-3 innings.”

In fact, only one frame was not a 1-2-3 inning as Benner walked a Belfast batter in the fifth inning, robbing the Panther of a perfect game. Benner worked a 3-2 count and the Lion batter fouled off a pitch before being issued the free pass.

Benner was unaware she had thrown the no-hitter, let alone being so close to a perfect game, until coach Richard Vannah informed her coming off the field.

“I thought about that [after the game] and just thought, ‘Oh man,’ ” she said. “That would have been awesome.”

“She did a good job,” said Vannah. “She’s been working real hard to get back from her [foot] injury so I give [Desiree] her due for throwing a no-hitter. It was hard [for her] too because our innings were long. We’d score three or four runs and she’d have to sit through all that and it was real cold.”

Vannah said Benner is playing “very, very well” and “hopefully she’s starting to become our leader.”

Benner also was one of the leaders of the Medomak Valley hit parade, rapping three singles and knocking in three runs.

“I’ve been kind of struggling a little bit with my hitting, but I’m getting there,” she said.

Also earning hits for Medomak Valley were Mallory Conary (triple, double, single, RBI), Maria Ennamorati (3 singles, RBI), Amanda Hendrickson-Belloguet (2 triple, single, 3 RBIs), Abby Maguire (single, RBI), Heidi Obuchon (2 singles, RBI), Taylor Simmons (2 triples, RBI) and Hannah Marks (double, RBI).

Ashley Littlefield pitched for Belfast, which committed four errors and have made 20 fielding miscues through its first four contests.

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