PLANT CITY, Fla. - Sophomore Kelcey Caven tossed a no-hitter to lead the eighth-seeded North Idaho College Lady Cardinals to a 4-0 victory over No. 6 seed Northeastern A&M Lady Norse Saturday morning in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I fast-pitch national tournament at the Plant City Softball Complex.
With the loss, coach Eric Iverson's Lady Norse finish fourth in the nation with a 54-7 overall record.
Veteran coach Don Don Williams has guided the Lady Cardinals to a 46-26 overall record. North Idaho faced second-seeded Eastern Arizona (48-11) at 11 a.m. in the loser's bracket finals.
The winner squared off against top-seeded Chipola College, Fla., at 1 p.m. in the championship game. An “if necessary” game was scheduled for 3 p.m.
Chipola defeated Eastern Arizona 5-2 Friday night and entered the title round with a 56-5 overall record.
Cavan, of Billings, Mont., is one of four pitchers on the North Idaho staff.
Walks to NEO's Marie Audette in the third inning, Candace Handley in the fourth and Shareena Pulse in the seventh inning kept Cavan from throwing a perfect game.
Caven struck out six to stand 28-12 on the year.
North Idaho touched NEO starter Candace Handley for two unearned runs in the bottom of the third inning.
Alysha Krier singled to start the rally. After Heather Gremmel singled, both runners advanced as Strohm Fouty reached on an error.
Kelli Bridges reached on an error as Krier scored.
Angie Boardman hit into a fielder's choice, scoring Gremmel.
The Lady Cardinals added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Fouty singled, stole second and scored on a RBI double by Boardman. Kristen Burtch followed with a RBI single, scoring Boardman.
Fouty collected two of the seven Lady Cardinals hits, along with a double by Boardman and singles by Burtch, Keely Torgison, Krier and Gremmel.
Handley, who started all six games in the tournament for the Lady Norse, surrendered three runs on five hits in four innings. Handley finishes her career at NEO with a 31-3 overall record.
Audette surrendered one run on two hits in one inning of work while Emily Harp pitched a perfect sixth inning in relief.