Hubbard throws no-hitter for Camas

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By Paul Valencia, Columbian high school sports reporter

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CAMAS -- Camas pitcher Harli Hubbard knew she had a no-hitter in the sixth inning of Wednesday's game against Skyview.

"Oh crap. Don't lose it," she told herself.

She didn't.

With a riseball on a 3-2 count with two outs in the top of the seventh inning, Hubbard recorded her 11th strikeout of the game and completed a no-hitter to open the Class 4A Greater St. Helens League softball schedule with a 2-0 win over Skyview.

Tori O'Neil and Katie Schroeder each drove in a run with base hits and that's all Camas needed.

"I told myself, 'I got this. I got this,' " Hubbard recalled of that final out, crediting catcher Erin Tauscher for calling the right pitch. "She knew what I needed."

Hubbard also needed a superb play in the fourth inning from Cailyn Grindy at third base to preserve the no-hitter.

Skyview's Kayla Moore became the toughest out when she smashed the ball to Grindy, who had to dive to her left to stop the ball. Grindy, on her knees, threw the ball to first to keep the no-hitter intact.

Schroeder was there on the bag to scoop the one-hop throw in time for the out.

"Thank you for saving me," Hubbard told Grindy after the game.