Chieftains no-hit by SJA at BFMBC
Kansas City, Kan. Tonganoxie High only reached base three times Saturday and was no-hit by St. James Academy in the fifth-place game of the Butch Foster Memorial Baseball Classic.
With the Chieftains unable to solve either SJA starter Matt Eckleman or reliever Steven Gillespie, the Thunder won, 10-0, in five innings at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.
St. James (12-5) scored five runs with THS starting pitcher Ethan Lorance on the mound for the first four innings, but the floodgates opened in the fifth,when Tonganoxie turned to the bullpen and SJA scored five runs.
Lorance struck out nine batters, gave up six hits and walked four.
Meanwhile, Eckleman's four no-hit innings propelled the Thunder to a 10-run, shortened victory. The junior struck out six Chieftains and only walked one. After Lorance drew a two-out walk in the first inning, Eckleman retired the next nine batters.
It wasn't until right-handed side-arm reliever Gillespie entered in the bottom of the fifth that Tonganoxie (6-12) got on base again. Shane Levy reached on an error and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. However, he was later tagged out at third on a fielder's choice and Gillespie faced just four batters to seal the no-hitter and a fifth-place finish.
The Chieftains play their final date of the regular season at 4 p.m. Thursday at Bonner Springs.
St. James Academy 10, Tonganoxie 0 (5 innings)
SJA 1 2 0 2 5 — 10
THS 0 0 0 0 0 — 0
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