AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND---Western Magpies White Sox hurler Jennifer Feret-Brear threw her second no-hitter against the Hutt Valley Dodgers to lead Auckland’s Western Magpies to a 2-0 win and their first national women’s interclub softball title.
Magpies coach Tua Raroa said Feret was “inspirational” all week, throwing two no-hitters against the Dodgers on her way to dual individual honors as the top pitcher and most valuable player of the tournament.
The 31-year-old former Boardman High School star under Head Coach Bill Amero, who will pitch for New Zealand at a second world championships, was also a star with the bat.
Feret hammered a bases loaded grand slam home run in an 8-2 win over Te Aroha and drove in the winning run in a tiebreaker victory over the Dodgers to underline her value to Magpies.
“The whole team got in behind her,” Raroa said.
Feret was too good for the Dodgers hitters in the final, exhibiting masterly control of her dropball and change-up, which had many Hutt Valley hitters swinging at fresh air.
Feret, a member of Boardman High School’s 2001 state title team, is the daughter of Jim and Francine Feret, 13 Midwood Circle. She was a member of the Mercyhurst softball team as she competed for the Lakers from 2004-07. She is the most decorated pitcher in Mercyhurst softball history.
Feret is Mercyhurst’s all-time leader in innings pitched, strikeouts, complete games and shutouts. She also held opposing hitters to a lower batting average than any other hurler in Laker history. Feret ranks second all-time in wins and third in earned-run average. She was no slouch with the bat, either. She ranks second all-time in home runs, fourth in runs batted in and fourth in total bases.
Feret holds several season records. As a pitcher, she owns the record for strikeouts, shutouts and opponents’ batting average. As a hitter, she holds Mercyhurst’s single-season record for home runs.