TRINITY — She has been doing it all season long.
From regular-season contests to districts, Mitchell pitcher Courtney Radke has been almost unhittable; throwing, according to coach Scott Bisbe, five or six no-hitters on the season.
Well add another feather to the cap for Radke, as the senior struck out 10 batters and allowed no hits in seven innings in a 3-0 Class 4A region quarterfinal victory Tuesday night over River Ridge.
"It was a team effort, not just me," Radke said. "We really needed this win. We have great potential and I think we're going to go far. We just got to stay confident."
Both teams' strategies revolved around seeing who would make the first mistake, as many batters came to the plate squaring up for bunts and hoping for a throwing error.
The Royal Knights (23-5) had an opportunity in the first inning, with runners on first and third, but Radke got Amber Jones to ground out to end the inning.
Mitchell (22-3) got its opportunity against River Ridge ace Lakyn Shull (four strikeouts) in the bottom of the fifth inning and they did not let the chance go for naught.
Megan Snyder and Hannah Gatley reached on singles and Snyder eventually scored off a wild pitch to give the Mustangs a 1-0 lead.
And that was all Radke needed from there, as she finished up her no-hit bid and push the Mustangs into the second round of the 4A playoffs.
"That's a quality team we just beat," Bisbe said. "I'm just happy to have everyone put a bat on the ball. We will enjoy this one, but we have more to go."