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May 12, 2013

Memory Lane: Horgan's no-hitter flew under the radar

One early May afternoon 25 years ago, Haverhill beat Dracut 4-2.

It wasn’t until Hillie softball coach Bob Walsh got home and started closing out the scorebook that he realized his pitcher, Kerry Horgan, had thrown a no-hitter.

A quick phone call to Haverhill Gazette reporter Dan Moran, who covered the game, verified that Horgan had yielded two runs and two walks but no hits.

Carrie Davidson’s two-run single in the fifth inning was the key blow for Haverhill.

15 years ago: Bridgewater puts team first

It’s hard for good players to get noticed when teams are struggling.

Take Jenn Bridgewater, for example. In the 1997 season, the Pentucket third baseman was the team MVP, hitting .431 and smacking seven home runs — fourth best in the CAL. However, the junior school-choice student from Haverhill didn’t make the All-CAL team, as the Sachems were struggling.

That didn’t slow Bridgewater down in her senior season, one where Pentucket got off to a 1-8 start. Neither did a move to shortstop. Through her first seven games, Bridgewater was batting .500 with four doubles, a triple and a homer, scoring 12 runs and driving in nine.

She even stepped in as pitcher when the Sachems needed her to.

“I don’t like pitching as much as shortstop, but I knew the team needed a pitcher,” said the selfless Bridgewater. “I know how to pitch because I went to a pitching clinic a couple of years ago.”

After walking three batters in a late-game loss to North Andover, head coach Dave Evans said, “I think (Jenn) was just tired. I told her it wasn’t her fault, but an hour after the game, she was out there practicing pitching with her dad. That’s the kind of thing that will make a coach, if not everyone around the league, take special notice.”

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