Megan Colleran did a bit of everything for North Attleboro Tuesday.
The sophomore tossed her first no-hitter, striking out 17, and belted her first home run of the season as the No. 14 Red Rocketeers blanked visiting Stoughton, 9-0.
"Megan was throwing hard today," said North Attleboro coach Bill Wallace, who estimated that Colleran's fastball was consistently around 60 miles per hour. "She was moving the ball around and also showed a good changeup.
"[Megan] also bats third and she's not one of those slap bunters," Wallace continued. "She steps in there from the right side and just rakes."
Colleran entered Tuesday's game hitting .440 and after going 3 for 3 is now just shy of .500 on the season. She also leads the Rocketeers with 10 RBIs.
North Attleboro (6-2) jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the second inning, powered by sophomore third baseman Marissa Gifford, who went 2 for 3 on the day. By the late innings, the only question was if Colleran could close out the no-hitter.
Meghan Winn put forth a gutsy performance for the Rocketeers. The catcher toughed it out after taking a foul ball off her left arm, but never left the game.
"Winn really called a good game," said Wallace. "Anytime you receive 17 strikeouts, you're doing a nice job. I'm glad she was able to stay in back there for us."
For the season Colleran, who one-hit Canton last Wednesday, has 79 Ks and 1.00 ERA.
"[Colleran's] become an excellent leader," said Wallace. "She's the type of kid that if she has a tough day at the plate she'll spend the next day working on hitting with her dad and if she struggles on the mound she'll spend that next day working on her pitching.
"She's unique in that she's constantly working on improving herself," continued Wallace. "The kids on the team see how hard she works and really respect her for it."
North Attleboro will face rival Franklin Wednesday.
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