Lindsey Telecky turned a little bit of work into a no-hitter.
The Grand Island Senior High senior warmed up for a big weekend tournament by no-hitting Columbus Thursday in the first game of a doubleheader sweep of Columbus.
The Class A No. 7-rated Islanders picked up 8-0 and 11-2 five-inning wins at the Veterans Softball Complex.
“Lindsey was her usual self,” Grand Island coach K.C. Hehnke said. “She got in five innings, and we were hoping it would be less. She pitched well, and she's pitched well all year. That was good because we only wanted her to see a couple of innings tonight.
“She'll be loose and ready to pitch a couple of games (at Friday's Omaha Westside Invite).”
Telecky struck out seven and walked two while improving to 12-4 and lowering her ERA to 1.28.
After being held scoreless the first two innings, the Islanders (19-4) got their offense going to end the game in the fifth inning via the eight-run mercy rule.
No. 8 hitter Betsy Foltz went 3-for-3 with two RBI and two runs while No. 9 hitter Emily Sanders was 2-for-3 with two RBI.
“Columbus' pitching is young, and (the bottom of the order) is a little apt to hit the ball a little better,” Hehnke said. “But they've been putting the ball into play against good pitching.
“Our top of the order was just out in front of (pitches) a little bit. We practiced all week against really, really fast pitching to get ready for tomorrow.”
Morgan Harvey also went 2-for-3 with two runs in the opener.
The Discoverers (7-17) got their first hit of the night in the first inning of the second game. But Jessica Kleine held Columbus to two runs on four hits with four strikeouts and no walks.
Melissa Cuellar drove in Grand Island's first four runs with a two-run single and two-run double. Harvey and Emily Sanders had back-to-back two-run singles to contribute to a seven-run third inning.
Libby Norvell added two hits for the Islanders.
“We did what we were supposed to do,” Hehnke said. “We run-ruled them. I thought we hit the ball well once we adjusted to the speed.
“We pitched very well. They got a couple of runs off Jess Kleine in the end, but who cares? We were going after them.”
Columbus ......................... 000 00—0 0 4
Grand Island .................... 002 33—8 9 2
WP—Telecky. LP—Brewer. 2B—GI. Libby Norvell, Sanders, Foltz.
Columbus (7-17) ..................................... 000 20—2 4 4
Grand Island (19-4) ................................ 207 2x—11 11 1
WP—Kleine. LP—Dyhrkopp. 2B—C, Watchorn. GI, Kleine, Cuellar, Libby Norvell.