National no-hits West End

June 26, 2009|By BOB PARASILITI

It was an open-and-shut case for the National Little League 9-10 All-Stars on Friday.

Noah Hamburg opened the door and Mitchell Wilson slammed it shut on West End.

Hamburg started National rolling by hitting the first pitch of the game and collecting three hits, while Wilson struck out 11 in 4 1/3 innings to lead National to a 12-1 no-hit victory in five innings over host West End in a District 1 tournament opener.

"We have a strong hitting team," said National manager Ed Penn. "And when Mitch gets in the zone, he's tough to hit."

National scored in every inning with the help of 12 hits and two critical West End errors -- both coming in a seven-run second inning that all but ended the game.


Hamburg got it started by hitting Zach Martin's first pitch to the left field fence for a double. He took third on a single by Wilson before scoring on a wild pitch for a 1-0 lead.

"They gave me the pitch I like, right about here," said Hamburg, while motioning across the lettering on his chest. "I tried to hit a home run because they have a short fence and I wanted my first one."

Hamburg didn't get the home run, but he finished with three hits -- including a first-pitch double in the third inning -- scored four times and had an RBI, which came when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

In the field, Hamburg and the rest of National's team got to stand and watch for most of the night.

Wilson issued a leadoff walk to Martin to open the game before retiring 11 of the 13 outs he notched with strikeouts in his 76-pitch outing. West End managed to put only two balls in play.

"After the walk, I started to think about a guy named Mike Knight, who helps me with my pitching," Wilson said. "I started to think about the things he told me and I started doing good."

Wilson's only flaws were four walks, two coming in the third inning. Isiah Archie drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second when Martin walked and scored on a wild pitch and an errant throw for West End's only run.

National blew the game open in the second while sending 11 hitters to the plate.

National loaded the bases and started scoring when Dawson Hottinger reached on an error and Hamburg was hit by a pitch. Chandler Penn drove in a run with a single, two more scored on a two-base error and McCoy Dutrow finished the rally off with a two-run triple to right for a 9-0 lead.

"We had one bad inning," said West End manager Tom Stevenson. "We didn't play defense and then it made it rough to get back in the game. (Wilson) was very good and he was bringing the ball."

Hamburg doubled and Penn tripled in the third against reliever Charles Bright, and Anthony Hughes hit an RBI double in the fourth. National closed the scoring with an RBI single by Chandler Penn and an RBI double by Colton Repp in the fifth.

Chandler Penn finished with three hits and three RBIs for National, which plays at Federal today at 6 p.m.

"Our kids ran the bases smart and got them to throw the ball around a little," Ed Penn said. "This is an experienced, 10-year-old team that has played together for a long time."

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