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O’Fallon sophomore Katie Moore pitched her first high school no-hitter Thursday, helping lead the Panthers to a 12-0 over East St. Louis.
O’Fallon sophomore Katie Moore pitched her first high school no-hitter Thursday, helping lead the Panthers to a 12-0 over East St. Louis. mhodapp@bnd.com

Energized by the scintillating win over Collinsville, Katie Moore and the Lady Panthers picked up their 16 win of the 2016 campaign with its 12-0 win over East St. Louis Lincoln Thursday in East St. Louis.

Moore once again grabbed the headlines in the contest as she posted a no-hitter against the East St. Louis Flyers.

The O’Fallon sophomore struck out nine batters over the five-inning game.

While she was mowing down the East St. Louis batters, her teammates were circling the bases with reckless abandon. Allison Underwood banged out three hits in four plate appearances and drove in three runs.

Jade Williams was a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate while Cassie Brown and Jordan DeRemer each enjoyed multiple hit games.

Moore’s effort in the pitching circle was the key, however.

The Lady Panther hurler, who has been pitching for a variety of select teams over the past ten years, is pleased that she has been able to step in and fill the void left by Barnouski’s unfortunate injury.

“I relied on my defense a lot in the East St. Louis game,” said Moore, reacting her no-hitter.

“I was able to spot my pitches and force them to hit ground balls to my fielders. They did a great job behind me. I just try to go out and execute. I always give 100 percent, something I learned to do through years of practice and playing competitively.”

Earlier in the week, the O’Fallon girls spotted the visiting Kahoks five runs but roared back to capture a nail-biting 6-5 victory.

In the absence of No. 1 starter Addison Barnouski, sidelined due to injury, sophomore Moore stepped into the breach and on the pitching rubber, survived a rocky start to post the win.

Trailing 5-0 going into the bottom of the fifth inning, the Panther batters came alive. Lead-off hitter Cassie Brown spear-headed the resurgence with two hits and a RBI.

Another big hit that fueled the OTHS rally came off the bat of Courtney Keller. O’Fallon also got hits from Caroline Keller, Nikole Patterson, Allison Underwood and Moore. After narrowing the deficit to 5-3, the Lady Panthers completed the comeback in the sixth stanza when the plated three more runs to take a 6-5 advantage into the final inning.

Moore was able to secure the victory with a gutty effort in seventh, shutting down the Kahoks to earn the hard-fought victory.

The game carried an added significance to Moore as she attended Collinsville schools until the fifth grade when a re-drawing of school district boundaries placed her a few yards inside the O’Fallon district.