MORRAL – Hannah Ferguson literally had a perfect day on May 2 in Columbus.
She and her Ridgedale softball team were playing a doubleheader at The Wellington School on that Saturday afternoon.
Ferguson hurled her school’s first-ever perfect game in the opening contest, a 20-0 triumph. In the nightcap, she batted in 10 runs, which ranks seventh all-time in Ohio for RBIs in a game, during a 23-1 victory.
The Lady Rockets sophomore and Fahey Bank Female Athlete of the Month for May said she had an indication of things to come heading into those contests.
“I felt awesome,” said the daughter of Rick, her team’s coach, and Kellie Ferguson. “We just knew it would be a good day.”
Ferguson said achieving the perfect game wasn’t a sure thing.
“There were a few times it could have went south,” she said. “There was a liner hit back to me, and a pop fly where it was on the edge if we would get it or not.
“I was really nervous, but I knew I had my team behind me.”
Ferguson admitted she was initially unaware of her standing in the state record books in the RBI department.
“I did not know it until the next day,” she said. “I just kept hitting.”
Ferguson has been hitting and pitching at a successful rate because of her background in the game.
“I went to many lessons when I was younger,” she said. “My grandparents (Rick and Carolyn Ferguson) and my dad paid for all of that, and without their help, I wouldn’t be able to do what I can do today. I still go to hitting lessons to this day.”
Those lessons helped lead to a .654 batting average in May as Ferguson smacked 17 hits in 26 at-bats. Among the base knocks were five triples, two doubles, and one home run.
Ferguson batted in 18 runs during the month and failed to strike out in any of her at-bats. She had a slugging percentage of 1.45 and an on-base percentage of .576.
During May, she led the Northern 10 Conference in hits, batting average, on-base percentage, RBIs, slugging percentage, and triples.
She was 3-3 pitching with 41 strikeouts and and 1.05 earned run average in May.
Ferguson was selected as as first teamer on the All-N10 and All-Central District squads for the second year in a row after batting .538 to lead the N10. She was also picked for the Ohio All-Star team.
Her seasonal on-base percentage of .561, six triples, .835 slugging percentage, and 41 RBIs were tops in the conference. She ranked second for the year in the N10 in strikeouts with 107.
Ferguson did most of her damage against new opponents this spring, as this was Ridgedale’s first season in the Northern 10 after leaving the Mid Ohio Athletic Conference.
“It was different, adjusting to different speeds of pitches and adjusting to new hitters,” Ferguson said.
She will be more familiar with her foes next season, one for which she has many goals.
“Hopefully I will have more pitching wins and strikeouts, and hit the ball better,” she said. “But I just want the team (which was 12-15 in 2015) to get better.”
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Hear Ridgedale’s Hannah Ferguson talk about softball in a video at www.marionstar.com.