POTOSI — Junior pitcher Patrick Reeves spent several lengthy stints on the bench watching his Potosi teammates stockpile runs against Lesterville, but his focus remained sharp throughout an efficient no-hitter on Monday.
Reeves made his rare varsity start on the mound a memorable one with nine strikeouts and no walks over five innings, and the Trojans collected 21 total hits against the Bearcats in a 27-0 victory.
Potosi quickly jumped ahead with four first-inning runs when a pair of routine fly balls fell unseen by the center fielder in each gap, resulting in stand-up triples for middle infielders Landon Young and Tanner Glore.
Glore finished 4-for-4 with a three-run homer, two triples and five RBI, needing only a single to complete the cycle. His huge day would continue later in the Trojans’ second contest against Arcadia Valley.
Young highlighted a 10-run second frame for Potosi with a two-run double, and went 3-for-3 overall with four runs scored. The sizable margin kept building with eight more runs in the third.
Slade Nichols reached safely on an error to represent the lone Lesterville baserunner in the second inning, but was then picked off by Reeves, who retired his final 11 batters to face the minimum.
Andy Reed and Blake Gilliam each finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored, and Chad Smith added two singles in the victory. Freshmen Matt McCoy and Caleb Harris picked up RBI singles off the bench.
Potosi 16, Arcadia Valley 1
POTOSI — Tanner Glore gave the Potosi baseball team its second no-hitter in a span of two hours on Monday night, posting nine strikeouts over five innings for an easy 16-1 triumph over Arcadia Valley.
Potosi (9-2) matched its previous second-inning output against Lesterville by netting 10 runs, and received at least one hit from every spot in the batting order. Arcadia Valley (1-8) committed six defensive errors.
Glore, who allowed two walks and one unearned run, saw his no-hitter preserved in the fifth when second baseman Landon Young reached to his right to catch a line drive.
Glore helped his own cause by going 3-for-3 at the plate including a two-run triple, while lead-off man Young finished 2-for-2 with three runs scored and two stolen bases.
Dylan Eye drove home two runs in a 3-for-4 performance, and Matt Marler went 2-for-3 to match Andy Reed and Blake Gilliam in the Potosi lineup. Catcher Brad Eaton contributed a sacrifice and RBI double.
Two consecutive batters circled the bases without hitting the baseball over the fence in the second. Reed reached the plate on a missed cut-off throw after his triple found the left-center gap, and Gilliam followed with an inside-the-park home run to right-center.
Arcadia Valley held a 1-0 lead in the opening frame when Jacob Spitzmiller scored on an errant throw to first base. Starting pitcher Garrett Campbell lasted two innings in taking the loss.
Potosi will travel to Central today in an attempt to remain unbeaten in the MAAA Large-School standings.