South’s Wiggins, DeLong combine for no-hitter
PARKERSBURG — Dalton Wiggins and Hunter DeLong combined on a no-hitter as the Parkersburg South Patriots blanked the Fort Frye Cadets 5-0 Wednesday evening at Hank Greenburg Field.
Wiggins tossed the first four innings before giving way to DeLong for the final three as the duo allowed just one ball to leave the infield the entire game.
“I felt really good out there,” said Wiggins, who like his teammate walked just one batter while fanning four. “My breaking stuff wasn’t all there so I was throwing a lot of fastballs and that helped a lot.”
After Fort Frye’s Tyler Bradford reached base on an infield grounder that was ruled an error to lead off the seventh, DeLong rallied to strike out the side to complete the no-no.
“Everything was working for me and I was just kind of mixing everything up,” said DeLong, who also clubbed a two-run homer in the fifth inning. “They hadn’t seen me before and I just saw Dalton (Wiggins) go out there and have a dominant performance and was able to build on that.”
Fort Frye starter Devin Layton matched Wiggins for the first two innings before the Patriots got on the board in the bottom of the third.
Catcher Nick Yoho doubled to lead off the inning and two outs later third baseman Bryce Eagle tripled in pinch-runner Jared Clemente to give South a 1-0 lead.
Of the eight base hits accumulated by the Patriots, six went for extra bases including a one-out double by Ryan Taylor in the fourth inning.
After Yoho was hit by a pitch, lead-off hitter Todd Burner doubled in a pair of runs to give PSHS a 3-0 lead.
The Patriots capped the scoring in the fifth when first baseman Reece Fletcher tripled ahead of DeLong’s long homer over the fence in left field that stretched the Patriot lead to 5-0.
“I’m not really sure what pitch it was but I knew it was gone right off of the bat,” said DeLong, who began the game at second base before shifting to the bump for the final three frames. “It’s pretty special here because not that many people hit it out of here.”
South head coach Matt Null was obviously pleased with his team’s performance against a quality opponent like the Fort.
“It’s always a challenge playing Coach (Sonny) Bidwell’s team because they are always fundamentally sound and out-hustle you,” said Null. “They were still fighting us in the last inning.”
Layton suffered the loss for the Cadets (13-4) after allowing eight hits and five earned runs while walking three and striking out five.
“We just didn’t put the bat on the ball enough and they are also a very good defensive team,” said Bidwell. “Our kids played hard and played scrappy and I was proud of their effort.”
Both teams return to action at home today as the Patriots host John Marshall while the Cadets welcome Shenandoah in a Pioneer Valley Conference battle.