Two softball programs trying to change course in 2011 met on the playing field Thursday afternoon at Lewis & Clark School.
The Taft Tigers and the Astoria Lady Fishermen both 5-19 overall last year are hoping for better things this season, and both are off to fairly good starts.
Taft opened the season with a pair of wins Saturday over Marshall (9-6 and 9-0), and Astoria is now officially 1-0, following a 1-0 victory over the Tigers Thursday.
Astoria pitcher Maddy Daw was the Miracle Worker in Thursdays win, as the senior not only tossed a no-hitter, she worked her way out of several jams, right up until the final inning.
Taft loaded the bases with two outs in the first inning before Daw struck out Melissa Giannini on a 3-2 count. The Tigers stranded a runner at third in the third inning and left the bases loaded again in the fourth.
And Taft ended the game with a runner at third in the top of the seventh as Astoria shortstop Aliisa Norris fielded a grounder and threw out Meghan McCardell for the final out.
Daw did not allow a hit, and finished with nine strikeouts, five walks and one hit batter.
The Lady Fishermen collected six hits off two Taft pitchers, and scored their lone run in the bottom of the third.
Astorias Haley Larson drew a base on balls and scored moments later on a base hit by Norris, followed by a Taft error.
The Tigers stranded nine runners to Astorias eight, while the Fishermen also had to overcome four errors on a soggy field.
To make up for it, the Fishermen turned a pair of double plays.
At the plate, Astoria freshman Noelle Lund had two infield hits in her first game and junior Olivia Israel drew three walks in her softball opener. The Fish had singles from Nicole Bogh, Norris, Nicole Harms and Daw.