WHS pitchers no-hit Bronson

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By Jim Clark

Maybe it wasn't pretty, but a no-hitter is a no-hitter.

Four Williston pitchers combined for a no-hitter Friday night as the Red Devils defeated Bronson's baseball team, 10-3.

As you might guess from Bronson's three runs, there were a few control issues, but the Devils were able to overcome the challenges.

Brandon Scott was the starter, and he threw three innings, walking only one and striking out three. One batter reached on a throwing error.

Charlie Hilton pitchede the fourth and walked four batters to force in a run, but got out of the jam with two straight strikeouts.

Trip Fugate pitched the fifth and sixth innings, walked one and struck out three.

Damon Ming pitched the seventh and started strong with two strikeouts, but then walked two batters. After a catcher's interference, a passed ball and a wild pitch, the Eagles had another two runs, before a grounder to first ended the game.

On offense the Devils took advantage of everything, but couldn't quite push across the runs needed for a mercy-rule game.

Baserunning hurt in the first two innings. Carl Gilley started the game with a single, but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Tyrie Boyer walked and Danny Etheridge singled, but they were left stranded.

In the second Daryn Sullivan started with a double to left-center, but he was also out stretching at third. That didn't cause a shutout inning, though, as Ming walked and Hilton doubled him to third. Scott bounced back to the pitcher, whose throw home was booted by the catcher, allowing Ming to score, and when Hilton raced home the catcher's throw to the pitcher covering was wide and allowed the second run.

In the third Williston broke it open with five runs on only one hit, a two-run triple by Chris Morrow, who then came home as the throw to third got away. Etheridge, who had been grazed by a pitch and stolen second and third, and Fugate, who had walked and stole second, both scored on the play. Sullivan walked and later scored on a passed ball and Ming scored on a grounder by Scott.

The Devils got two more runs in the fourth as Bobby Lott and Hilton each walked and scored on a double by Gilley.

The final run scored in the fifth when Lott singled to left and continued on to second on an error. Sullivan was safe on an error and Lawrence Jones singled to drive in the run.