Fenwick’s Talia Lorenzo threw her second no-hitter in two weeks on March 29 — this one a perfect game against DePaul Prep after fanning 12 and allowing just two walks while blanking New Trier on March 21. (Provided)

It isn’t often that a high school softball pitcher throws not just one, but multiple no-hitters in a single season.

But Fenwick High School junior Talia Lorenzo has already done so this year. On March 21, she tossed a no-hitter against New Trier in a 10-0 Friars’ victory. Lorenzo allowed only two Trevians to reach base — both on walks — and struck out 12.

Then on March 29, she threw a perfect game against DePaul Prep in another 10-0 victory, striking out 13 Rams.

“Talia has pitched real well,” said Fenwick coach Bryan Hoffman. “It looks like she’s picked up some velocity on her fastball since last year. She’s doing a great job hitting spots and been extremely composed in the circle. Talia’s got a great work ethic.”

Hoffman also credits Fenwick catcher Caity Barganski for helping Lorenzo with her pitching.

“Caity is a terrific catcher, and she and Talia work really well together,” he said. “Caity does a great job of framing pitches, and Talia knows she can bury her dropball on the ground. Caity will block it and throw runners out at second.”

While Lorenzo possesses a powerful fastball, she feels she was most successful against DePaul Prep and New Trier with one particular offspeed pitch.

“My best pitch was probably my curve,” she said.

Throwing two no-hitters in a season is a remarkable feat, and Hoffman is thrilled to have Lorenzo around for some time to come.

“It’s exciting for us that Talia is a junior and we get to have her again next year,” he said. “We just want to keep her healthy.”

The Friars have begun the season 4-0, already exceeding last year’s three wins. Lorenzo believes that not having to deal with COVID-19 restrictions this year has made a huge difference.

“The environment feels a lot better this year,” she said. “We’re having fun.”

Fenwick’s lineup was a bit of a question mark entering the year given that last season’s top hitter, senior Maddie Krza, is out this spring due to injury. But Lorenzo feels a great group effort has been a key to the Friars’ good start.

“We really focus on everyone bringing their best every day in practice and in games,” she said. “Everyone feels confident.”

Hoffman is pleased with Fenwick’s progress overall this year, but he feels the Friars can do much more.

“We’re not comparing ourselves to last season,” he said. “We’re just trying to get better every day. The goal is to be playing our best towards the end of the season.”

After having numerous games postponed last week due to rainy weather, Fenwick was scheduled to resume its’ season April 5 against visiting Montini. The Friars then host Mother McAuley April 7 and travel to St. Laurence for a doubleheader April 9.

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