STEWART, Ohio — Throwing a no-hitter is a lot of fun, so why not share the experience with a few teammates.
The Eastern baseball team had four pitchers combine to throw a no-hitter on Wednesday night, as the Eagles rolled to an 18-0 victory over Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division host Federal Hocking.
After a scoreless first inning, Eastern (12-7, 10-3 TVC Hocking) posted 11 runs in the second frame, combining nine hits with two walks. The Eagles added four more runs in the top of the third, and another in the fourth inning. EHS capped off the rout with two runs in the top of the fifth inning and a trio of strikeouts in the bottom half of the frame.
Ethen Richmond was the winning pitcher of record for the Green and Gold, striking out five batters in two perfect innings on the mound. John Little and Austin Coleman — who pitched the third and fifth frames respectively — both struck out three batters and walked one, while Kaleb Hill struck out two batters, hit one and walked one in the fourth inning.
Hill led the Eagles at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and one RBI. Little was 2-for-4 with one double, two runs scored and two RBI, Owen Arix was 2-for-3 with one double, one run scored and two RBI, while Nate Durst doubled once, scored three times and drove in one run.
Coleman doubled once, scored twice and drove in one run for the victors, Ryan Lauer doubled once and drove in one run, Cameron Richmond had one hit and three runs scored, while Josh Brewer singled once, scored twice and drove home two runs. Ethen Richmond singled once, scored once and drove in one run, Dillon Swatzel added one hit and one run scored, Kaleb Honaker had one hit and one RBI, while Ryan Harbour scored once in the win.
The Eagles also defeated Federal Hocking (1-15, 1-13) on April 8, claiming a 10-0 mercy rule decision in Tuppers Plains.
EHS is scheduled to return to the diamond on Friday, when they visit Belpre. The Eagles also defeated the Orange and Black by a 10-0 final in their first meeting of the year.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext 2100.