POMEROY - Sophomore right-hander HayLee Koller pitched Pomeroy to a 4-1 victory here Tuesday in the first game of a Southeast B District Northern Division softball doubleheader.
Koller struck out 17 Eagles batters, walked just one and had a no-hitter going until Kelly VanLith's RBI single in the sixth inning produced SJ-E's only tally of the day.
But Koller couldn't match that effort in the nightcap and the Eagles, who were the home team in the twin bill, took advantage of nine Pirates errors and rolled to a 14-6 victory to salvage a split.
"I have just one pitcher, and she ran out of gas," Pomeroy coach Rob Monahan said of Koller, who was tagged for 11 hits in the second game and also issued six walks.
"She lost about a foot on her fastball in the second game and St. John started banging the ball around pretty good," Monahan said. "And we made some pretty egregious errors."
The coach also noted that the Eagles scored 10 runs in the final two innings to wipe out a 6-4 Pomeroy lead.
The Pirates grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third inning of the opener when Sam Smith singled, advanced to second when Koller drew a walk and then came around to score on a pair of passed balls. In the sixth, Pomeroy made it 2-0 when Melissa Bartlow reached first on a fielders choice and second on a throwing error before Delaney Monahan delivered an RBI single.
Pomeroy scored two insurance runs in the seventh inning. Koller singled, Karlie Martin walked and Kindsey Bott was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Jessica Tetrick's second hit of the game drove home both runs.
Stephanie Tewalt drove home two runs with a double and added a single and a run scored for Pomeroy in the second game. Martin and Bott each had two singles and an RBI.
Emily Kucklick paced the Eagles' offense with two singles and a two-run triple. Dusty Bafus drove in three runs with a pair of singles and also stole two bases.
Pomeroy, which was 0-20 in 2009, is now 2-4 on the season and entertains Tri-Cities Prep Friday in a 3 p.m. cross division doubleheader.
"We are making great progress," Monahan said.
Pomeroy 001 001 2 - 4 5 0
St. John-End 000 001 0 - 1 1 1
Koller and Tewalt; G, VanLith and Winters
Hits - Pomeroy: Koller, Tetrick 2, D. Monahan, Smith; SJE: K. VanLith.
Pomeroy 010 500 0 - 6 7 9
St. John-End 211 037 x - 14 11 3
Koller and Tewalt; Smith, K. VanLith (4) and Kucklick.
Hits - Pomeroy: Martin 2, Bott 2, Tetrick, D. Monahan, Tewalt 2; SJE: Winters, K. VanLith, G. VanLith, Luft, Kucklick 3, Du. Bafus 2, De. Bafus, Reiber.