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National no-hits American

July 06, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent
  • National Little League's Jamerion Doleman (18) safely reaches second base before American's Dezman Johnson can apply the tag in the fourth inning of Wednesday's Maryland District 1 11-12 Tournament first-round game at National.
By Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Four pitchers combined to hurl a no-hitter to lead National to a 9-0 win over American on Wednesday night in the first round of the Maryland District 1 11-12 Tournament at Staley Park.

“I just think that they all did what they were supposed to do: Throw strikes and let the defense play defense,” National manager Steve Wilson said. “I felt all of my pitchers had good control tonight. When you get good pitching, good defense and timely hitting, you have a chance to win a lot of baseball games.”

Mitchell Wilson threw the first three innings for National. Chandler Penn went 1 2/3 innings, followed by McCoy Dutrow for one inning plus.

Dutrow left the mound in the bottom of the sixth with two outs,  runners on first and second and a 1-2 count on the batter.

Lindsay Bedregal became the fourth National pitcher and only threw one pitch to strike out the final batter and seal the no-hitter.

National will host Maugansville tonight at 6 p.m. in a winners’ bracket game. American has the night off and will host the loser of today’s Federal-Halfway game on Friday.

National led the whole way, starting with a run in the top of the first when Dutrow drew a leadoff walk and came around to score on three wild pitches.

In the second, Anthony Hodges got a one-out single and made it all the way to third on an outfield error. Hodges came home on a safety squeeze bunt by Dawson Hottinger.

National added four runs in the fourth to build a 6-0 lead. Jamerion Doleman, Hottinger and Dutrow all walked to load the bases with nobody out. The runners advanced one base when Penn reached on an infield error and Wilson drew a walk to force in another run. Colton Repp then delivered a two-run single to center.

National got its last three runs in the fifth. Sawyer Rachor reached on a throwing error and scored when Hottinger reached on an infield error. Hottinger came home on a double by Penn, who took third on an outfield error and scored on a wild pitch.

“We got some timely hits when we needed them,” Wilson said. “We were able to put together a few rallies. We were able to blow it open in the fourth inning a little bit and that helped us out.”

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