Rochester 5, Caston 2
Rochester pitchers Cyrus Holland, Tanner Hampton and Andrew Feldman combined for a no-hitter to lead the Zebras (1-0) over the visiting Comets (0-1).
Despite being no-hit, the Comets still took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning. Nate Callender had an RBI sac fly to score Jake Kingery in the fifth inning and John Martin was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the sixth to give Caston the lead.
But the Zebras scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth.
“Jake Kingery pitched well the first five innings. He led off the sixth with two walks so we brought in Parker Long,” Caston coach Blake Mollenkopf said. “We misplayed a bunt. It rolled into right field and allowed two runs to score. Then we made another error that allowed two more runs to score. In two plays we gave up four runs, so we beat ourselves in that situation.”
Plus, the Rochester trio of pitchers shut the Comets down.
“They have three stud pitchers. They have a good club this year,” Mollenkopf said.
The Caston pitchers allowed just three hits. Kingery allowed three earned runs on two hits and five walks in five-plus innings, striking out five. Long allowed one earned run on one hit in one inning with a strikeout.
Caston travels to South Newton on Saturday to open Midwest Conference play.
Delphi 7, Pioneer 1
The Class 2A No. 7 Oracles (1-0) came out hitting by scoring seven runs on nine hits, while the Panthers (0-1) came up only one run on two hits.
“It was the first game of the season,” Pioneer coach Dick Farrer said. “We put it in play, and we only struck out six times. Neither pitcher did a bad job. We walked three and they walked two. We played well for the first game.”