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Hunter Lewis remains undefeated, despite Resurrection snapping her 19-inning no-hit streak

It was fun — and incredible — while it lasted.

Loyola Academy sophomore Hunter Lewis began her highschool profession by pitching 19 no-hit innings, the feat lasting until midway through the Ramblers’ 8-3 victory over visiting Resurrection on Monday, March 25, at Heritage Park in Wheeling.

When Ella Anderson’s base hit up the center ended Lewis’ bid for a 3rd straight no-hitter, Lewis — a sophomore right-hander from Highland Park — said she was probably not upset and he or she knew she’d hand over successful in some unspecified time in the future.

But, understanding the competitor Lewis is, Loyola coach Leah Herlocker knew higher.

“She was not completely happy,” Herlocker said with a smile. “(But) she’s such a superb teammate that she’s not going to let it overshadow what the team did.”

Despite the streak ending, Lewis delivered one other sparkling line in Monday’s victory: 7 innings pitched, 2 hits, no walks, 16 strikeouts. In Loyola’s 3-0 start, Lewis is 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA, 48 strikeouts, and a pair of hits and 1 walk allowed in 21 innings pitched.

Hunter Lewis releases a pitch en path to 16 strikeouts.

Last season, Lewis, then a freshman, watched from the Ramblers’ dugout following offseason shoulder surgery. She got back on the mound in late summer 2023, working her way as much as Loyola’s spring season — and to this point so good.

“It’s been really fun,” she said. “With this group of women, we’re all just having a ton of fun, coming out and playing the sport like we practice and having fun with it.

“Something I all the time tell myself, and my coaches tell me, is just do what you do. I just exit and be myself on the mound.”

That spells trouble for opposing lineups as Lewis greets them with a strong — and precise — fastball, which opens the door for 3 other plus pitches: an increase ball, curveball and changeup.

Herlocker said Lewis also has a pair other nontraditional pitches to work with, but possibly more importantly, she brings other aspects to the circle.

“She’s just got momentum, her speed is just faster than what most highschool girls are used to seeing,” the Ramblers coach said. “And I believe her presence, just how aggressive and the way confident she is, is something that actually works to her advantage.”

Herlocker added, “She is a novel spirit and unique talent. You’ll be able to tell in her energy in each moment that she exudes confidence and excitement and determination to be the perfect version of herself as an athlete.”

In Monday’s victory against Resurrection, Lewis struck out the side to start the sport, after which her offense immediately gave her something to work with.

Leanna Keller heads toward third base in the course of the Ramblers win.

Emilia Bartholomew smacked the primary of her two triples and was knocked home by Leanna Keller’s single.

The Ramblers added 4 more runs within the second inning. Bartholomew’s second triple drove in two runs, and Gwen Coleman’s infield single one other as Loyola snagged a 5-0 advantage.

Lewis continued to dominate through three innings but was then replaced within the circle to start out the fourth. Herlocker said with one other conference game scheduled for Tuesday, she wanted to offer Lewis some rest.

But Resurrection jumped on the chance and strung together five hits that plated three runs. Lewis then re-entered the circle and recorded three straight swinging strikeouts to finish the threat.

The Ramblers added two more runs within the fifth and one other within the sixth to place the sport out of reach, and Lewis finished off the Bandits with three strikeouts in the ultimate inning.

Abby Murphy hit a pinch-hit, two-run triple for Loyola, and Keller and Coleman had two hits apiece. Lewis added a double off the fence, and Paige Smith walked 3 times, as well.

The Ramblers roster nine returners this season. Seniors Bella Giannos, Sophie Wilhelm and Rosie Kerrigan are the captains, but Herlocker said she expects all nine returners to steer by example on and off the sphere.

“This team brings a ton of energy and excitement to the sport,” she said. “And so they have prioritized getting along and really bonding. … We work together as a team. We trust one another moment to moment. Whether it’s good or bad, we all know we’re going to work together.”

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