Wyoming East all-stater Holly Brehm is known for her pitching. And for good reason—she has four no-hitters this season.
She’s pretty dangerous at the plate, too.
Brehm drilled a home run off the pole in the left field corner at Westside on Tuesday to give East a 1-0 win over Nicholas County.
The sophomore standout is batting .458 for the Warriors.
She no-hit the Grizzlies and struck out 11 for good measure as WEHS went 2-0 on a busy day of softball at Clear Fork.
Brehm battled Nicholas County’s Anna Brown, who tossed a three-hitter herself, to a scoreless tie through five innings.
There were two outs and none on in the East sixth when Brehm slugged her round-tripper.
“I was looking for something where I could drive the ball,” she commented.
Brehm went on to retire the last six Nicholas batters to lock up the win.
“My change up was working pretty good today, and I got a lot of outs with it,” she said.
The Grizzlies got one runner into scoring position on the afternoon. A hit batter in the third stole second. Brehm fanned Alexis Nicholas on three pitches to end the inning.
East had a couple of scoring threats.
Rivers Wade singled to left in the fourth and moved on to second when the fielder could not come up with the ball. She was stranded at second.
Karah Culicerto bunted her way on in the fifth, and Kyndl Johnson bunted her over to second. A bang-bang play at first ended the threat.
Earlier in the day, the Lady Warriors beat Westside, 9-0, in six innings.
East scored at least one run in each inning. Brehm fanned 16 and allowed just one hit, a Hannah Paynter double.
Already up 2-0, the Warriors increased the lead in the second when Autumn Miller singled up the middle and Lexi Booth doubled to left to bring in her in.
Brehm doubled to start the East third and came around to score on an error. That made it 4-0.
Kari Walker’s RBI double to center in the fifth pushed the lead to 5-0.
East scored two more in the fifth. Rivers Wade had a two-run double in the sixth to increase the margin to 9-0 and bring th mercy rule into play.
Brehm sat down the lat 14 batters she faced.
“I felt goot today,” Brehm said. “My legs were tired after last week (which included a 12-inning marathon with Man).”
The Lady Warriors have played some of the state’s top teams, and she says that provides extra motivation.
“I know when we play a great team, I want to pitch a great game,” she remarked.
John Conley can be reached at 304-732-6060 or on Twitter @PIHnews.
Photo: Wyoming East coach Robert “Doc” Warner sends a runner around thunder during Tuesday’s game with Westside at Clear Fork.