A Near-Perfect Present: Zarr Throws No-Hitter

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Byline: Jerry Fitzpatrick Daily Herald Correspondent

Birthdays are always special to a teenager, but even if Geneva pitcher Stacy Zarr lives to be 120 years old, she'll have no trouble remembering her 18th.

Zarr celebrated the occasion in style Wednesday by tossing a no- hitter at home against Oswego to lead the Vikings to their eighth straight, this one by a score of 8-0.

The shutout was Zarr's fifth and lifted her personal record to 7-2 this season.

It was also the second no-hitter of her varsity career, both against Oswego (5-7, 0-1 Suburban Prairie Red).

Only a walk to opposing pitcher Beth Duggan with 1 out in the sixth inning kept Zarr from her first perfect game.

"If I was actually going to give myself a birthday present, I wouldn't have walked that batter so I could have had the perfect game," Zarr joked. "But other than that I was pretty proud of what I did today. I concentrated a lot on my curveball and screwball and tried getting them on those pitches. We all focused really hard, and my team did a great job behind me."

Despite the walk, Zarr faced the minimum number of 21 hitters. The lone Oswego baserunner was quickly erased when the following Panthers hitter popped up to catcher Sarah Carlson, who immediately fired to first base to double up Duggan.

"When we did get the runner on first base, we ended up getting her out on the double play, so we did really well today," added the birthday girl, who struck out 10. …