ANAMOSA — Kamryn Meyer has both velocity and spin.
It was a combination that Anamosa couldn’t solve until it was too late.
Meyer struck out 15 and took a no-hitter into the seventh inning as Class 2A second-ranked Durant tripped 3A No. 9 Anamosa, 5-1, in a River Valley Conference softball game Tuesday night at Anamosa Middle School.
“She’s got a nasty riseball,” Anamosa catcher Jessie Frasher said. “And we didn’t come to play tonight like we usually do. We let the strike zone and other stuff get to us.”
A University of Nebraska-Omaha recruit, Meyer set the tone immediately. She fanned the first seven batters she faced, and the Wildcats (21-6, 13-3 RVC) knocked Anamosa (21-3, 11-2) a half-game behind Camanche in the North Division standings.
The Raiders have six conference games remaining.
All of Durant’s five runs came with two outs, and four were unearned.
“We had a couple of errors that we shouldn’t have had,” Anamosa Coach Brad Holub said. “You can’t give teams four or five outs.”
The Wildcats tallied a pair of runs in the top of the first inning, on an RBI single by Meyer and a wild pitch.
Ruby Kappeler’s two-run single in the fourth inning made it 4-0.
Anamosa got its run in the bottom of the fourth without the benefit of a hit. Emily Watters was hit by a pitch, stole second base, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored when the throw to third went into left field.
The Raiders were hitless until one out in the seventh. Kalli Minger and Alexa Jess laced back-to-back singles.
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Despite Tuesday’s loss, it’s been quite a turnaround this summer for the Raiders, who were 13-17 last season.
“It’s definitely a season that a senior can hope for,” said Frasher, a left-handed catcher who came back for her final season after suffering a torn ACL last summer.
Kappeler had two of Durant’s seven hits.
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Kamryn Meyer and Allie Poston. Kalli Minger and Jessie Frasher. W — Meyer (12-4). L — Minger (14-3).
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