May 17, 2007

ML Game 38


Haganís Funeral Home   6

Campbellís Boat House   1


Haganís Downs Campbellís Behind Tierneyís No-hitter



Hunter Tierney struck out 15 and walked just 2 batters in one of the most dominating pitching performances of this or any other Media Little League season.  He used a combination of power, skill (a devastating curve ball) and control (69% strikes) to cool off the red-hot bats of Campbellís Boat House, winners of their previous five games.  During their winning streak, Campbellís averaged more than 9 runs per game, but on this night they were able to scratch out just a single tally.


The game was a scoreless tie after two innings.  After opening the game with a ground ball out, Tierney fanned the next 10 consecutive Campbellís batters.  However, John Fender, with a fine pitching performance of his own, also held Haganís hitless through two innings.  Nick Pacitti recorded the gameís first hit when he opened Haganís half the third inning with a line drive single down the left field line.  Tierney followed with a walk before John Owens smacked an RBI double to the fence in right centerfield.  Haganís carried a 3-0 lead into the 4th inning when they added 3 more runs built around a walk by Ethan Heller, a single by Billy Ankrum (single, 2 BBs in 3 plate appearances), and an RBI single by Connor Martin.  In all, six different players scored for Haganís.


The Boatersí defense fought gamely to keep the contest within reach.  They killed budding Haganís rallies in both the 5th and 6th innings with spectacular double plays.  In the 5th ,  John Fender laid out on a Web Gem-worthy dive at shortstop to grab a Neil Geosits line drive before throwing to second for the DP.  In the 6th, John Ferruzzi backhanded a screaming Tierney grounder just off the line behind 3rd base, fired to first, and then received the return throw to tag a runner trying to advance from second on the throw.


Still, Haganís already had all of the runs they would need.  Tierney carried a perfect game into the 5th inning before surrendering walks to Eric Poynton and Lee Miller.  He then retired the next 5 batters for the complete game no-hitter.


Pitch counts:

Team Pitcher Pitches
Hagan H Tierney 87
Campbells J Fender 88
E Poynton 30