Tera Blanco almost landed a landmark triumph Monday.
The Marina freshman flirted with a no-hitter against Kennedy on the eve of her 15th birthday. She was two outs away from recording the feat but was denied when Mariah Ramirez broke up the bid with a one-out single in the top of the seventh. Although the no-hitter escaped her, Blanco tamed the visiting Fighting Irish and the Vikings scored a 5-0 victory.
"It was an off-speed pitch that I just hung up there," said Blanco, who did record her second one-hitter in improving to 6-1 and also contributed a single to the Marina offense. "I felt confident today and was ready to go."
Throughout the game, Blanco was in control, although an early walk, plus an error by the Marina defense, led to Kennedy's only other base runner and took away any shot of a perfect game. Ramirez, who is heading to the University of Utah, dropped in a one-hop single into right field to break up the no-hitter. Blanco recovered to strike out both Becky Poirier and Lauren Lovato to close the game.