Williamsport , Penn. - A trio of Mahoning Valley pitchers combined for a no-hitter on a historic evening at Bowman Field on Thursday night. It was the first time in 20 years of the franchise that the Crosscutters had been no hit. Mahoning Valley (32-32) celebrated its third no-hitter ever and its first since 2013.
Hunter Gaddis, Matt Waldron (W, 2-0) and Luis Sanchez (S, 4) each worked three innings in the gem.
The last time a Williamsport team had been no hit was on April 21, 1989 by Dan Gabriele of the New Britan Red Sox against the Williamsport Bills in the Eastern League.
Scrappers third baseman Joab Gonalez made several tricky plays and long throws to preserve the no-no. That included a very close play at first to just barely get Kendall Simmons for the final out of the game.
The Cutters put two men on base; Herbert Iser reached on a fielding error in the fifth on a ball that was thrown low by SS Brayan Rocchio and mishandled by 1B Henderson DeOleo who was assessed the miscue. And Jake Holmes worked a 12-pitch walk out of Waldron in the sixth. But that was it.
Mahoning Valley scored five runs in the first against Junior Tejada for the bulk of its offense.
The first five Scrappers all recorded base-hits against Tejada who previously had been pitching extremely well in August with 10 innings of one-hit ball for the month. But Tejada had started to warm-up before the scheduled 7:05 p.m. game-time before the rains game and the the start was delayed. He came back to take the mound for the first pitch at 8:38 p.m. and was not as effective as he had previously shown.
Korey Holland and Brayan Rocchio rapped back-to-back singles to left. Then Brayan Rocchio hit a double down the right field line driving in teh team's first run. Bryan Lavastida's single and Yainer Diaz's double to left-center continued the rally and boosted the lead to 3-0.
After the first out was recorded, Jonathan Lopez sneaked a two-run single up the middle against a drawn-in infield to plate two more and end the night for Tejada.
Anton Kuznetsov matched the Scrappers pitchers' success as the Russian lefty proceeded to record 11 straight outs from the first through the fourth.
Jose Conopoima surrendered one run in the fifth and two runs in the sixth. The last two runs came as a result of three infield singles following a lead-off triple. It just wasn't to be for the Crosscutters on this night.
The start of the game was delayed over 1.5 hours to 8:38 p.m. due to a passing shower.
Williamsport (26-38) will rematch against the Scrappers on Friday night with RHP Hsin-Chieh Lin the scheduled starter for the Crosscutters.
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