Sparta sent a total of 12 batters to the plate in home action last Monday, May 6, against the visiting Seymour High
School varsity baseball team.
None of the 12 reached base.
And 11 of them struck out as four Seymour pitchers combined to fire a no-hitter in an 18-0 road victory.
The win improved the Tigers’ spring record to 14-7, while the squad’s combined 2018-19 spring and fall mark jumped to 25-9.
“It was a fun game,” Tiger head coach Jason Duey said.
“A lot of kids got to play, and all of them contributed.”
In the first three innings of the game, Sparta sent nine batters to the box.
All nine of them struck out.
Pitching scoreless innings and striking out every batter they faced were senior Brady Brooke, junior Carson Sturdefant and senior Truman Hosiner, respectively, who pitched the first, second and third innings in a total of 36 pitches.
Sophomore Brock Pearce pitched the fourth inning. He struck out two, retiring all three batters he faced in just 12 pitches.
Leading the Tigers’ offense was Sturdefant, who went 2-for-3 with two doubles, one run scored and a season-high seven runs batted in (RBIs).
Brooke also was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBIs, while senior Eric Helms doubled and scored a team-best four runs.
Pearce doubled, scored twice and had one RBI, senior Keaton Owens had a hit, scored two runs and added two RBIs, while Truman Hosiner singled, scored twice and had one RBI.
Sophomores Scott Helms and Nathaniel Hosiner each scored twice, junior Nathan Baker scored a run, and with one RBI was freshman Payton Bryant.
Seymour led 1-0 after one inning, 6-0 after two and 9-0 after three frames.
The Tiger lead was 18-0 after Seymour scored nine runs in the fourth frame.
The Tigers are competing this week in Class 2 district action with all games at Seymour.