On Sunday, Minooka graduate Tony Bucciferro came within two outs of a no-hitter for the Winston-Salem Dash, the White Sox’s Class A Advanced team.
Bucciferro allowed a single with one out in the ninth inning in a 5-0 win over the Frederick Keys.
Bucciferro (7-9) only allowed two base-runners in the first eight innings. He walked Jerome Pena with two down in the third, Glynn Davis reached on an error with two away in the sixth. Pena began the ninth with a pop out to Joey DeMichele before Davis stepped up for his fourth plate appearance. He shot the first pitch beyond the glove of third baseman Nick Basto, who was even with the cut of the infield grass, for a single, the only hit of the contest for Frederick.
On the next pitch, Bucciferro’s 103rd of the game, Adrian Marin bounced into a double play to wrap up the one-hit shutout. Including the game-ending twin killing, Bucciferro induced 17 groundball outs to go along with four strikeouts, three fly outs, one line out, one pop out and one foul out.
Bucciferro was two outs away from the first no-hitter by a Winston-Salem hurler since Levi Maxwell accomplished the feat in a seven-inning doubleheader opener on June 19, 2009 at Wilmington. Winston-Salem has only seen 14 no-hitters in its 101 years of baseball, and the franchise has not had a solo nine-inning no-no since Bill Kazmierczak turned in the gem on May 20, 1988, against Virginia.
Morris native Zach Petrick, a member of the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds in the St. Louis Cardinals’ organization, continued to have his way with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, throwing a seven-inning complete-game shutout in a 1-0 victory in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday night.
Petrick yielded two hits, walked one and struck out six for the win. The right-hander threw 50 of his 76 pitches for strikes. In three starts against Colorado Springs this season, Petrick is 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA (3 ER in 20 IP) and 13 strikeouts.
GRUNDY COUNTY SPEEDWAY
Ricky Baker didn’t appear to have the fastest car on the track during the early stages of Friday night’s late-model feature at Grundy County Speedway.
He definitely didn’t appear to be faster than John Nutley and Scott Koerner, who were battling for second place ahead of him.
But on Lap 12, Nutley tried to pass Koerner and took him around in Turn 2. Both had to go to the back.
Baker finally unleashed his true power on leader Billy Knippenberg. It was only two laps after the restart when the Plainfield native made a move underneath Knippenberg’s car and went on to score his fifth victory of the season.
The division points leader beat Eddie Hoffman to the finish line by 0.656 seconds. It was close for several laps, but Hoffman never was in position to make a pass.
Behind Baker and Hoffman was Brett Sontag. Well back in fourth was Knippenberg, followed by Chris Cooling and Brandon Clubb. Nutley came from the back of the 19-car field to finish seventh.
Logan Love found the winner’s circle twice in street stock action, winning his heat and then pacing the field for the final 10 laps of the feature. Love won by a commanding 1.101-second margin over points leader Eddie Ligue. Bob Davis, John Senerchia, Tim Stewart and Rita Fields completed the top six.
Ron Vandermeir held off a late challenge by John Ventrello to capture the Mid-American main. Ventrello held on for second ahead of Kevin Gentile, Joe Vinachi, Kevin Murphy and Jim Kachel.
Austin Blackwell was awarded the victory in the Pure Stocks feature after apparent winner Cirk Lindemuth was docked four positions for violating the division’s breakout rule.
Spencer Leake was moved up to second, followed by Mikey Slabenak, Ricky Wilson, Lindemuth and Justin Mikel.