GREENVILLE — The only thing hot on Tuesday afternoon in Greenville was the pitching of Alyssa Canterbury and hitting of Nikota Howe.
Canterbury threw a no-hitter while Howe smacked two home runs and drove in seven RBIs in Greenville’s 16-0 four-inning win over the Lansing Sexton Big Reds at home.
“I thought our girls played pretty well considering the circumstances (weather),” Greenville coach Tom Hallock said. “We hustled around, we made plays, we ran the bases and we swung the bat.”
Canterbury, a sophomore, went all four innings to earn the win. She fanned seven and allowed just one baserunner on a walk in the third inning.
“To be able to come out and throw strikes when it’s this cold and windy is great. That is a big part of this game,” Hallock said. “She came out and did a nice job.”
The Yellow Jackets started the game off slow by scoring just once in the first inning.
Sophomore Beth Gantz began the game with a walk and scored three batters later on an RBI single by Kaelyn Page.
“After a slow start adjusting, I thought it was a nice strong finish,” Hallock said.
Greenville busted the game open with five runs in each of the next three innings, ending the game three innings short.
In the second inning, Canterbury and Haley Bitner led the inning off with a double and single. Two consecutive walks made the score 2-0 and loaded the bases for Howe.
Howe ripped a shot that bounced to the fence in right centerfield. Howe circled the bases for an inside-the-park grand slam giving the Yellow Jackets a 6-0 advantage.
The third inning started off with four consecutive walks for the Yellow Jackets to make the score 7-0. A wild pitch brought home Paige Parmelee, leaving two runners on for Howe.
This time Howe reached the fence in left centerfield and cleared the bases with her second inside-the-park home run for a 11-0 lead.
Canterbury ended the game at the plate and not on the mound. Her three-run double in the fourth inning gave Greenville a 16-0 mercy win over the Big Reds.
Page, Parmelee, Lewis, Sarah Newhouse and Elizabeth Niemiec also had RBIs for Greenville.
The Yellow Jackets improved to 2-0 overall. Lansing Sexton fell to 0-3 overall.
Hallock said his team did some real good things in the win after a long break between games.
“The improvement I saw was people moving on every pitch, going to the right positions and lining up in the right spots for cutoffs,” Hallock said. “We are communicating and those little things are a big step in the right direction.”
The Yellow Jackets will scrimmage Central Montcalm on Thursday before traveling to Clare for an invitational on Saturday. They will face Saginaw Heritage at 11:45 a.m. in their first game.