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Beaubien's no-hitter leads Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central to first D-3 Title game since 2007

Softball   | Jeff Dullack

Beaubien's no-hitter leads Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central to first D-3 Title game since 2007

East Lansing – In a sophomore season where she registered nine no-hitters and five perfect games, Meghan Beaubien saved one of, if not her best performance for Friday afternoon in the Division 3 semifinals at Michigan State.

The sophomore pitcher for the Kestrels was locked in from the start as she pitched a no-hitter, while striking out 16 batters to lead Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central to a 6-0 win over Pinconning and into the Division 3 state championship game.

St. Mary Catholic Central (36-5) now advances to the Division 3 state championship game on Saturday at 5:30 pm at Michigan State.

Beaubien, a Michigan commit, said that Friday’s effort was at the top of the list of her performances on the year, adding that she hopes the momentum from Friday can carry into Saturday.

“This is definitely up there,” Beaubien said of her performance. “A no-hitter in the semifinals to go to states is a big deal, so hopefully we’ll keep the momentum going into tomorrow.”

Kestrels’ coach John Morningstar agreed with his pitcher, saying that on the stage and what was at stake, Beaubien’s performance was one of her best of the season.

“It’s right up there with the best of them,” he said. “The deeper we go into the playoffs, we’re seeing more quality teams, so the teams up there have good at bats. So it ranks right up at the top, in the semifinals, moving on to the state championship game. All year long I’ve told these kids to be poised and to come out here and take each game and one pitch at a time and she’s been the catalyst the whole way.”

The only two base runners that would reach for Pinconning (30-14) would come off of errors, both in the third inning, but a pair of strikeouts and a fly out would get Beaubien out of the first and third jam unscathed.

“The strikeouts were good, but it was important for us as a team to get out of it,” she said. “They had that nice line drive to centerfield on that last out and our centerfielder made a nice play.”

Morningstar said that to keep Pinconning from scoring behind Beaubien’s pitching was key to keep from any momentum shifting.

“It’s huge to take away the momentum that was created on the other side,” he said. “Typically, we field the bunt a little bit better than that, but she doesn’t put a lot of balls in play, so it’s one of those things where you’re averaging 16 strikeouts per game, the other five that you have to come up with, you’re surprised they’re coming.”

In the first inning, the Kestrels wasted little time in getting things started, as they would use back-to-back RBI from Junlianne Venier and Keeley Taft to jump ahead 2-0.

Before the end of the first inning, St. Mary Catholic Central would have a 4-0 lead after an RBI double from Anna Dobberstein and an RBI single by Michaela Rogers.

But it was more than enough run support that Beaubien would need as she kept Pinconning off balance throughout the entire game and didn’t issue a single walk on the afternoon.

Beaubien said that she felt her changeup was working well for her throughout the day and that was key to keeping Pinconning on its heels offensively.

“I think I got my changeup working well,” she said. “That’s a good pitch to keep them off balance, because they don’t know if you’re going to throw your hard stuff or off-speed and it’s really hard to adjust to.”

Even with nine no-hitters going into Friday, Beaubien added that she never really thought about pitching a no-hitter because of just how difficult of a thing it is to do.

 “I never try to think about that,&rd