It almost sounds made up to say what the Bradford pitching staff accomplished this week in a three-game Southeast Conference series against Racine Park.
Three games, three no-hitters.
Granted, none of the games lasted the full seven innings due to the 10-run rule, but the feat is incredible nonetheless.
After Jarrett Ramer and Kyle McKinnon fired five-inning no-hitters on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, junior Nick Cairo hurled a six-inning no-hitter in the Red Devils’ 11-0 win over the Panthers at Horlick Field on Friday.
Cairo walked just one and struck out 10.
“Nick was very sharp on the mound,” Bradford coach Matt LaBuda said. “He had command of all his pitches and was able to throw any pitch at any time for a strike. He had strong defensive support behind him.”
The Red Devils (13-5, 12-2 SEC) were ranked No. 7 in the latest PBR-WBCA Division-1 state poll.
Offensively Friday, Bradford was limited to seven hits but took advantage of three errors and nine walks by Park.
Sebastian Vasquez had two RBI for the Red Devils.
Franklin 5, Indian Trail 1
The visiting Hawks continued their offensive funk, mustering just three hits in an SEC defeat.
The Sabers (12-5, 10-3) completed a three-game sweep and handed Indian Trail (10-9, 7-8) its seventh straight loss.
Noah Reeves (1-4) took the loss for the Hawks, but he was solid, allowing five runs (three earned) on five hits with four walks and four strikeouts in 51/3 innings.
“Noah pitched really well for us tonight, giving us 5-plus innings of good ball,” Indian Trail coach Mike Schmidt said. “He held the game close, but we never got the bats going to support him.
“We simply need to regain the confidence at the plate. The limited offense puts a lot of pressure on the pitchers and fielders to be flawless. Get the bats going, and everything else falls in place.”
Austin Card scored on a wild pitch in the top of the second for Indian Trail’s lone run.
Wilmot 7, Central 2
A four-run third inning keyed the Panthers to the Southern Lakes Conference home victory.
Zach Lamberson led Wilmot (10-9, 7-5) with a run scored and two RBI, followed by Evan Henry (hit, run, RBI) and Jack Vozel (hit, RBI).
Tanner Peterson earned the win, as he allowed six hits, two earned runs, three walks and struck out four in five innings.
Central (6-10, 4-7) was led by Alex Salerno (two hits), followed by Austin Glidden and Matt Felske (hit, RBI). Cooper Griffiths took the loss. He allowed three hits, one earned run, three walks and struck out four.
Five of the runs charged to Griffiths were unearned.
“We made too many mistakes in the field tonight to be successful,” Central coach Jake Morman said.
“When you give teams extra outs, it usually comes back to hurt you, and Wilmot made us pay tonight.”
Mike Johnson and Dan Truttschel