Eisenhower's Casey Vincent threw his second no-hitter in four starts on the mound this season, this time in a five-inning mercy rule win over Iroquois in a Region 4 game at Werner Park.
The sophomore righthander allowed one unearned run in the Knights' 11-1 win over the Braves, striking out 11, walking two, and hitting one.
Eisenhower is now 4-6 overall with a 3-4 record in region play, tied with county-rival Youngsville for the top spot among Class A teams.
Times Observer photo by Ben Oviatt
Eisenhower’s Casey Vincent fires a pitch in the second inning of Wednesday’s game against Iroquois at Werner Park. Vincent struck out 11 in five innings, facing just three batters over the minimum in his second no-hitter of the season.
Times Observer photo by Ben Oviatt
Eisenhower’s Logan Bellardo slides into third during the Knights’ 11-1 win over Iroquois Wednesday at Werner Park.
"It's a big win," said Ike coach Cody Vincent. "There was an outside chance we'd have been knocked out of the playoff race if we lost today and Youngsville upset Franklin. Now we play (Youngsville) Monday with the winner moving on."
While Vincent was doing his job on the mound, the Knights' bats were taking care of business on the offensive side. Shane Arford singled home Logan Bellardo, Jake Harvey brought in Kyle Hunt on a sacrifice fly, and Arford scored on a double steal to give Ike a 3-0 advantage after one inning.
Allan Jackson led off the second inning with a single and took second and third before scoring on an Iroquois error. Vincent singled home a pair of runs and Chase Elmquist added another with an RBI single.
It appeared as if the Braves would escape the third inning unharmed when a line drive off Vincent's bat found the glove of shortstop Ryan Major - but broke through the webbing and rolled safely into the outfield. Bellardo scored on a passed ball in the next at-bat, and Hunt drove in Vincent on an RBI single.
The mercy rule was put into effect in the bottom of the fifth inning when another passed ball allowed Bellardo to score, and Hunt took advantage of a defensive lapse with no one covering home to end the game, 11-1.
Bellardo finished the day 2-for-2 with four runs scored while Hunt was 2-for-3 with a double.
Before Monday's game against Youngsville, Eisenhower is slated to play a pair of non-region games on the road. The Knights travel to Fairview on Thursday and visit Rocky Grove on Saturday.
IROQUOIS (1): Major, ss, 0-1-0-0, Edinger, lf, 2-0-0-0, Yokoff, p, 2-0-0-0, Carpin, cf, 2-0-0-0, Stanford, c, 2-0-0-0, Wodarski, 1b, 1-0-0-0, Britton, rf, 1-0-0-0, Pearson, 3b, 0-0-0-0, Korn, dh, 1-0-0-0, Bush, 2b, 1-0-0-0. Team 12-1-0-0.
EISENHOWER (11): Bellardo, c, 2-4-2-0, Vincent, p, 3-2-1-2, Hunt, ss, 3-2-2-1, Arford, cf, 3-0-1-1, Harvey, rf, 2-0-0-1, Elmquist, 1b, 1-0-1-1, Head, 2b, 3-0-0-0, Jackson 3b, 3-1-1-0, Garris, lf, 2-1-1-0, Flaisman, ph, 1-0-0-0. Team 23-11-9-6.
Iroquois 000 10 - 1 0 4
Eisenhower 342 02 - 11 9 0
2B-Hunt (E). WP-Vincent. LP-Yokoff.
FRANKLIN 8, YOUNGSVILLE 1
Youngsville's still in it, and even after an 8-1 Region 4 loss on Wednesday, that's all head coach Wayne Marino can ask.
"In the beginning of the season I actually thought we had a pretty good chance (to make the playoffs)," said Marino. "To be honest, I'm surprised we're only 3-4 (in the region)...We've made some mistakes and we've made it hard for ourselves."
After Wednesday's play, Youngsville is tied with Eisenhower as the top Class A team in the region - with one automatic District 10 Class A playoff spot up for grabs in the region. The two teams play on Monday at Eisenhower, with Casey Vincent likely on the hill for Ike. He no-hit Youngsville the first time.
"I'm telling them not to quit," said Marino. "We were in this game and that's a boost right there. Just to be in a game with Franklin is big. We have a big game Monday. Technically, I don't think we're eliminated."
Thomas Henry pitched six innings, leaving with Youngsville trailing first-place Franklin just 4-1 after six innings. He allowed two earned runs. Franklin (top Class AA seed) is 13-1 overall and 8-0 in region.
"Tom Henry pitched tonight and threw an excellent game," said Marino, whose Eagles have played three straight days. "We hit the ball right at them, although they did make three errors, which was odd. We did have some baserunners. the inning we scored was the only time we had a big threat, but we had baserunners on every inning except the third."
FRANKLIN (8): Huff 2b 4-2-2-0, Desko ss 4-3-3-2, Cardy p 4-1-3-3, Madden 3b 4-0-1-0, Guth 1b 2-1-1-0, Yasenka c 3-0-0-1, Breithaupp dh 2-0-0-0, Emrick cf 0-0-0-0, Grecco lf 4-0-0-0, Ritchey rf 1-1-0-0. Totals 28-8-10-6.
YOUNGSVILLE (1): Marino c 2-0-1-0, Hoover 2b 3-0-0-0, Frazier lf 3-0-0-0, Sherrard rf 2-1-0-0, T. Lehman 1b 2-0-1-0, Henry p 2-0-1-0, Humphrey ss 2-0-0-1, A. Johnson cf 3-0-0-0, Hendrickson 3b 3-0-1-0. Totals 22-1-4-1.
Franklin 200 020 4 - 8 10 3
Youngsville 000 100 0 - 1 4 1
2b-Huff (F). HR-Cardy (F). WP-Cardy. LP-Henry.