EASTLAKE—North pitchers Sean Pesci and Brody Spock combined to throw a no-hitter and the Rangers found some clutch hitting in a 2-0 win over visiting Trinity on Monday.
Pesci struck out five in two innings to pick up the win and Spock fanned four in the final two innings to record the save for the Ranger, who improved to 6-0 on the year.
“Every win is awesome,” said North coach Kyle Stahlberg. “Pesci was in trouble a couple of times but kept his composure and kept going and he grinded it out. Spock came in and threw terrific. When we’re throwing strikes and they’re throwing their pitches for strikes, they’re hard to beat.”
A quick rain storm moved through the area just before the first pitch, which also caused the temperature to drop from the mid-60s to the low 40s.
That created a challenge for every pitcher and batter.
“Today was a tough one,” Stahlberg said. “It’s cold out, the wind is blowing in and the sticks were a little cold today, but we got it done.”
After Pesci retired the Trojans in order in the top of the first, the Rangers manufactured a run in the bottom half of the inning.
John Lanning drew a leadoff walk and stole second. Trent Bucy then hit a two-out, two-strike single to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead.
Bucy also contributed to North’s second run when he singled in the fourth and stole his way to third base. Devo Britsky then hit a two-out double to close out the scoring.
Bucy recorded two of North’s five hits. Britsky, Lanning, and Spock had the other three.
“When he keeps his approach to the plate simple and doesn’t try to do too much he’s a really good hitter,” Stahlberg said of Bucy. “When he just relies on contact and mechanics he’s a great hitter. It’s awesome to see him coming up big because I know how hard he works.”
With an early lead, Pesci and Spock did the rest.
Pesci beaned a batter in the second and then struck out the final two hitters of the inning to leave that runner stranded at third. The Trojans also advanced a runner into scoring position in the third, fourth, and fifth innings, but Pesci maintained the shutout.
Spock retired all six batters he faced.
North’s defense also contributed to the win with a strong effort behind the pitchers.
“We’ve talked about it all year, making sure we are strong defensively and taking care of all the basics,” Stahlberg said. “We’ve talked about it but I think these guys are starting to buy into all of that. Our coaches have really pushed that as hard as anybody else so when they’re hearing it and then they see success on the field with the basics, you see the result today.”
With the win, the Rangers are 6-0 for the first time since the 2015 season.
“This is a scrappy group,” Stahlberg said. “Today, a 2-0 win when it’s cold and windy, that’s scrappy. That’s good to see out of this group.”