Photos courtesy of Bekah Detwiler
This afternoon, the baseball team improved to 4-0 in PSAA play with a 10-0 win over Waldorf. Joe Wozny and T. J. Wachter combined to no-hit the Wolverines in a mercy rule-shortened, five-inning victory, 29 years to the day of the Bears’ last no-no when Cameron Thiessen subdued Eastport in an 8-2 win.
In the top of the 1st, Wozny quickly rang up two strikeouts before an error on a fly ball to right center put Waldorf’s third hitter on second base. The big righty bounced back to end the threat with a strikeout. The Bears wasted little time lighting up their side of the scoreboard in the bottom half as Seamus Scanlon led off with a walk, stole second, and then scampered home on a double by Wozny. Wachter followed with a single that plated Wozny, then eventually came around to score on a passed ball as the Brook took a 3-0 edge after one inning.
Wozny worked quickly in the top of the 2nd, needing just 10 pitches to induce a groundout and register two more strikeouts. The Bears struck again in their half as Dan Rueda and Scanlon scored on wild pitches after reaching on an error and a single. After walks to Wozny, Wachter, and Tyler Smith, Aidan Mega was hit by a pitch, forcing home a 6-0 lead. Emman Ajewole followed with a walk to push the lead to 7-0.
Wozny was overpowering in the 3rd, striking out the side on 13 pitches while the Bears went down in order in their half.
Wachter replaced Wozny in the top of the 4th and retired the side on 13 pitches. In the bottom half the Bears brought the mercy rule into play (up 10 runs after five innings) by plating three in the inning. A Wachter walk and a Tim Wozny single put two on. The pair advanced to second and third on a wild pitch, then crossed the plate on a Smith double that swelled the Bear advantage to 9-0. Mega and Jack Derco were both hit by pitches to load the bases before Rueda drew a walk for a 10-0 lead.
In the top of the 5th, Wachter struck out the first two batters, then worked around a two-out walk by striking out the last Wolverine to clinch the 10th no-hitter in program history.
Wozny finished with 7 strikeouts in three innings of work while Wachter punched out 4 in two innings. The aces finished with a combined stat line of 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 11 K, 1 BB in a dominant performance. Smith (2 RBIs) led a balanced offense that included RBIs from Wozny, Wachter, Mega, Ajewole, and Rueda. Tim Wozny led the way in the hit department with two on the day.
In their last 11 innings, spanning wins over Waldorf, Martin Luther, and Evangel Christian, the Woznys, Wachter, Scanlon, Ajewole, and Mega have allowed just one hit to opposing batters while striking out 26.
The Bears are back in action on Monday in a non-league match-up at Poly Prep.
Stony Brook No-Hitters
|Earl Downey||St. Paul’s||May 7, 1945|
|David Johnson||Riverdale||May 14, 1960|
|Mike Masterson*||St. Paul’s||April 26, 1961|
|Barry Drill||St. Paul’s||May 3, 1965|
|Chris Matthews||Center Moriches||May 9, 1980|
|Rich Kinsley||Longwood||April 28, 1984|
|Jordan Nixon||Eastport||April 23, 1987|
|Paul Habibi||Wyandanch||March 25, 1988 (5 inn.)|
|Cameron Thiessen||Eastport||April 17, 1990|
|Joe Wozny & T. J. Wachter||Waldorf||April 17, 2019 (5 inn.)|