Hamel's No-Hitter Clinches Share Of League Title For Hudson Valley

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FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, April 26, 2002

Lady Vikings Push Winning Streak To Nine Games

April 26, Averill Park, N.Y. – With a pair of wins against league for Herkimer County Community College, Hudson Valley Community College's softball team clinched at least a share of the Mountain Valley Conference title today. Chistyn Hamel (Averill Park H.S.) put an exclamation point on the feat by tossing two complete games, including her first collegiate no-hitter.

On a cold afternoon, Hamel brought the heat during both ends of a doubleheader at Averill Park's Classie Lassie Softball Field. She allowed just two hits and struck out seven batters in the opening game, leading the Lady Vikings to an 11-1 victory. In the second contest, Hamel held Herkimer hitless and Hudson Valley won, 11-0.

On the day, Hamel pitched 10 innings, recording 10 strikeouts and allowing just two hits. She also scored the go-ahead run in both games.

The contests were each shortened to five innings because of an eight-run mercy rule.

Hudson Valley, ranked eighth in the nation among NJCAA Division III schools, is now 18-6 overall and 17-1 in NJCAA Division III Region III action. The Lady Vikings, who have now won nine games in a row, are 14-0 when playing Mountain Valley Conference teams. Hudson Valley has won 17 of its last 18 contests.

Herkimer is now 11-10 overall.

Hamel, who sports a 1.53 earned run average, helped herself at the plate in the opening game, going 3-for-3 with a triple. She also had a pair of runs batted in, and she scored the game-winning run on a Casey Brinkman (Troy H.S.) single in the bottom of the first inning.

Megan Davis (Greenwich H.S.) and Kimberly Welcome (Cohoes H.S.) each had two hits. Davis had a double and a triple, and she contributed two runs batted in.

In game two, Brinkman rapped a two-out double in the bottom of the first, plating Hamel and Sarah Truax (Shenendehowa H.S.), and giving the Lady Vikings a 2-0 lead. Brinkman, who finished the game with two doubles, a single, four runs batted in and two runs scored, also helped preserve Hamel's no-hitter. Playing right field, on a ball that was threatening to drop in for a base hit, she made a fine running grab near the foul ball line.

Hamel also got a hand from first baseman Kim Prior (Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk H.S.) and Welcome, who played second base. With one out in the top of the fifth and final inning, a Herkimer batter rapped a line drive down the first base line. Prior got a glove on it, slowing the ball down, and Welcome backed her up, grabbing the ball near the outfield grass. She fired to Prior for the out. Hamel then struck out the last batter.

Truax had three singles in game two. She also scored three runs.

Hudson Valley 11, Herkimer 1

                           1     2     3     4     5     r     h     e
Herkimer             0     0     0     1     0     1     2    1
Hudson Valley     3     5     1     2     --    11   13   0
Buckley, Hiroguri (3) and Wheet; Hamel and Truax

Hudson Valley 11, Herkimer 0

                           1     2     3     4     5     r     h     e
Herkimer             0     0     0     0     0     0     0    3
Hudson Valley     2     0     6     3     --   11    9    1
DeCoursui and Stack; Hamel and Truax