McEntire tosses no-no
R-S Central on got three hits Thursday night against Freedom, but the Patriots got even less as Central's Dustin McEntire fired a no-hitter in a 3-0 Hilltoppers win.
McEntire finished his unforgettable performance with six strikeouts while facing just 22 batters, just one over the game-minimum of 21. The only three Freedom batters to reach base did so on Central fielding errors.
"Dustin [McEntire] threw great," Central head coach Chadd Fowler said after the win. "He threw all his pitches for strikes and just had everything working tonight."
My fastball and curveball were really tonight and I was just giving 110 percent every inning," McEntire said.
The first runner for Freedom came in the first inning when first baseman Tyler Sims mishandled a toss from McEntire that would have been the second out of the inning.
The next batter, Jacob Honeycutt, grounded to shortstop Conner Dailey who flipped to Will Owens at second base for the second out but Owens' throw to first for the double play skipped by Sims.
Honeycutt bolted for second on the error but McEntire gunned him out at second to end the inning.
The Hilltopper bats looked hot in the first inning as Joel McDaniel led off with a double to center field and eventually scored on an Alex Owens Sacrifice fly.
McEntire helped himself with an RBI double to right to score Will Owens to put Central up 2-0.
McEntire faced the minimum through six innings allowing just one ball to make it out of the infield.
"I knew in my head I was getting close to a no-hitter," McEntire said. "I was getting pretty nervous."
McEntire recorded his second hit and RBI of the night on a single in the bottom of the sixth just before a short rain delay.
After the weather passed, McEntire came out in the seventh and sat the first two Freedom batters down before another error extended the game.
Unfazed, McEntire struck out the final batter to end the game and a memorable night for the junior pitcher.
"This is an awesome feeling," McEntire said.
Despite the pitching performance by McEntire, the lack of offense was glaring for Central as they had triple the amount of strikeouts as hits with nine on the night.
"We didn't make adjustments tonight," Fowler said. "We've been living off throwing strikes and playing defense but we know we're going to have to start swinging the bats to win in the playoffs."
Central jumps back on the field Tuesday with a road trip to Patton. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.