Waymart opened its quest for a 2012 Wayne County Teener League title Monday night with a lopsided win.
The Warriors invaded Lake Ariel for a first round encounter with the Cyclones and came away with an im-pressive 12-1 triumph.
“The kids did a great job tonight,”?Coach Jim Murphy told TWI?Sports. “We hit the ball hard and played solid defense. This was a really good win.”
The highlight of the evening was a brilliant mound performance by two Waymart pitchers. Josh Stevens drew the starting nod and went two innings before yielding to the bullpen. Josh Miller came on in relief and worked the final three frames.
When the last out was reocrded, statisticians discovered that Stevens and Miller had combined for a 5-inning no-hitter.
“It was quite a surprise,” said Coach Murphy with a laugh. “None of us realized it was a no-hitter until later on. It’s quite an accomplishment for them.”
Next up for Waymart is a showdown with the winner of Tuesday night’s contest between Tusten and Valley View (Cirba). The Chiefs are the tournament’s top-ranked and undefeated team while Valley View is coming off a win over its crostown rival.
Stay tuned to TWI Sports for continuing coverage of the Wayne County Teener League playoffs, which conclude on Sunday.
Stevens strode to the hill as Waymart’s starter and was nicked for an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning.
After that, though, Josh was “unhittable.”?He worked a 1-2-3 second, then handed the ball off to Miller.
All told, the two twirlers combined for six strikeouts over the course of five hitless frames.
Waymart didn’t trail in this one for very long as the Warriors wore out Lake Ariel starter Matt Roberts with seven runs in the top of the second.
Roberts fired a no-hitter of his own just last week, but struggled against Waymart’s big guns this time out.
Tyler Atcavage wreaked havoc from his #3 spot in the batting order. The Warriors’ slugging third baseman reached base a total of three times, driving in one run and scoring another.
Quinlan Murphy and Jason Komar also contributed key hits to the cause.
Murphy, who split his time between shortstop and catcher, singled and collected three RBIs. Komar, the Warriors’ left fielder, came through with a clutch RBI?double.
Roberts was chased from the mound in the top of the third. He received relief help from Spencer Carey (two innings) and Billy Pohle (two innings).
Score by Innings...
WAY (8-6) 0 7 5 0 0 x x - 12
LAK (8-6) 1 0 0 0 0 x x - 1