COAL CITY — Manteno's baseball was undefeated heading into Friday's Interstate Eight Conference game against Coal City.
Manteno got a look at Payton Hutchings, and the Panthers are no longer unbeaten.
Hutchings, the Coalers' ace sophomore pitcher, was dominant on the mound, throwing a no-hitter with 16 strikeouts against two walks as the Coalers (11-3, 3-0) beat Manteno, 3-0.
“Payton was just awesome on the mound again," Coal City coach Greg Wills said. "He was in complete control from the first pitch.
The game was scoreless into the third inning, when Coal City's Keegan Gagliardo drew a one-out walk, followed by back-to-back singles by Blake Harseim and Brendan Nevin to load the bases. Gagliardo scored when Austin Pullara was hit by a pitch to give Coal City a 1-0 lead. Coal City added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth. Kaleb Spreitzer reached on an error, stole second, and scored on an RBI double by Sean Micetich. Micetich was then plated on an RBI double by Hutchings to make the score 3-0. It was the second hit of the day for Hutchings, while teammate Nevin also had two hits.
"Offensively, we did some good things," Wills said. "Payton had two hits today, as did Brendan Nevin, who continues to swing the bat well, and Micetich had a big hit to drive in the insurance run in the sixth.
"I’d like to see us have some better discipline at the plate, but we are playing pretty solid baseball right now in all facets of the game.”
Morris 9, LaSalle-Peru 2: The Morris softball keeps its momentum going Friday in the Northern Illinois Big 12 win. Kennedy Dransfeldt (RBI), Ashley Phelps (2 doubles, RBI), Rachel Trader (RBI) and Claire Gugerty (home run, 2 RBIs) all had two hits for the Redskins (10-6, 2-2), while Abbey Moore had two RBIs. Winning pitcher Gigi Corban struck out five.
"Today was exciting because we came out how we left off Thursday [a 6-4 win over Yorkville]," Morris coach Jen Bamonte said. "We are really seeing the ball well. So many girls are contributing, which is bringing much success. Claire Gugerty is swinging a hot bat, Ashley Phelps continues to pound doubles and the list goes on.
"Gigi took a line drive right off her knee and continued on like nothing had happened. She has been our rock. This was her fifth game this week in a row, and she didn’t let it phase her. Overall, this was another great team win."