Conway’s Howell celebrates birthday by hurling no-hitter

Conway High junior pitcher Sydny Howell celebrated her 17th birthday in memorable fashion Tuesday night, pitching a no-hitter in a 3-0 victory over visiting West Florence.

Howell struck out 13 batters in the shutout. She lost the chance for a perfect game by issuing a couple of walks, but she proved to be too strong for the Lady Knights. Howell earned her second save of the season the previous night in a 2-1 win over Latta.

Conway’s Neci Hemingway provided the offensive highlight with a three-run home run in the first inning, driving in Deanna DeLuca, who had singled, and Madison Gore, who had reached on an error.

Other hitters for Conway were Gore, who was 1-for-3, and Brandye Huggins, who 1-for-2 on the night. The Lady Tigers improved to 9-8 overall and 2-2 in Region 6-4A play.

Photo by Chuck Silvey

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