Porter’s No-No, Struhs’ 1-Hitter Highlight Chargers’ 3-Win Weekend

  Aaron Frey
  Monday, April 8, 2019 10:21 AM

Galesburg, IL

Jackson Porter (LaHarpe, Ill./Illini West) threw a no-hitter and Nolan Struhs followed with a one-hitter to complete a sweep Saturday against Kishwaukee as the Carl Sandburg College baseball won three out of four games this weekend.

Sandburg 10, Kishwaukee 0 (5 innings)

Kishwaukee     000      00        —        0          0          2
Sandburg         001      36        —        10        8          0
W: Porter (5-0) 5 IP, 8 K, 0 BB
L: Fuller 4 IP, 3 K, 6 BB

Key Moments

  • After hitting the Kougars’ leadoff batter, Porter retired the next 15 in a row for a five-inning no-hitter.
  • Leading 4-0 entering the fifth, the Chargers plated six runs to end the game via the mercy rule and ensure Porter’s no-no. Cacey O’Brien (Moline, Ill./Moline) delivered the knockout blow with a two-run single.

Sandburg Standout
Kishwaukee had virtually no chance against Porter, who struck out eight, didn’t issue a walk and threw 46 of his 57 pitches for strikes. He had first-pitch strikes against 13 of 16 batters and improved to 5-0 while lowering his ERA to 2.90.

Other Top Chargers

  • Devon Ballard (Fulton, Ill./Fulton) 2 for 3, two runs
  • Koy Smith (Revere, Mo./Canton), 2 for 2, double, two runs, RBI

Sandburg 10, Kishwaukee 0 (5 innings)

Kishwaukee     000      00        —        0          1          1
Sandburg         230      32        —        10        10        0
W: Struhs (2-1) 5 IP, 11 K, 0 BB
L: Prieto 2 IP, 3 K, 1 BB

Key Moments

  • Struhs retired the first nine batters he faced before allowing a leadoff single in the fourth to spoil his bid to match Porter’s no-hitter. It was the only baserunner he allowed on the day.
  • The Chargers scored in every inning, with Tyler Womack (Moline, Ill./Moline) breaking the ice with a two-run triple to right in the first.
  • Braedon Blackford (Peoria, Ill./Notre Dame) connected for a three-run home run to right in the second inning for a 5-0 lead. It marked Blackford’s team-leading sixth homer of the season and his fifth in five games.

Sandburg Standout
Struhs shut down the Kougars, striking out 11 and not issuing a walk. He threw 48 of his 74 pitches for strikes. In his last three outings (16 innings), the lefty has struck out 34 and allowed just three runs on eight hits and five walks.

Other Top Chargers

  • Blackford 2 for 2, walk, home run, three runs, three RBIs
  • Womack 2 for 3, triple, two RBIs
  • Smith 2 for 3, double, two runs

Sandburg 14, Madison (Wis.) 13

Madison          501      310      3          —        13        20        0
Sandburg         222      314      x          —        14        14        0
W: Kyler Edelman 1.2 IP, 2 K, 0 BB
L: Connor Jasurda 1 IP, 0 K, 1 BB

Key Moments

  • Tied 10-10 in the sixth, the Chargers loaded the bases to open the inning on two singles and a hit-by-pitch. Womack followed with a grand slam to left to give Sandburg the lead for good.
  • Back-to-back homers in the seventh got the Wolfpack within a run, but Kyler Edelman (Gridley, Ill./El Paso-Gridley) retired the next two batters to closed out the victory.

Sandburg Standout
Womack finished 2 for 5 and collected six RBIs on the day. In addition to his slam, he had a two-run single in the second that got Sandburg within 5-4.

Other Top Chargers

  • Isaac Riegler (McLean, Ill./Olympia) 4 for 4, run, two RBIs
  • Blackford 3 for 5, double, run, two RBIs

Madison 12, Sandburg 2 (5 innings)

Madison          004      404      —        12        12        1
Sandburg         001      010      —        2          6          4
W: Carl Renz 5 IP, 9 K, 2 BB
L: Gavin Smith 3 IP, 3 K, 3 BB

Key Moment
Already up 4-1 in the fourth, the Wolfpack added four more to open up an 8-1 lead. Marquis Reuter connected for a two-out, two-run homer to cap the inning.

Sandburg Standout
Blackford was the only Charger to collect multiple hits, going 2 for 3 with an RBI.

The Chargers (11-8-1, 4-0 Arrowhead Conference) will go for a series sweep against Kishwaukee as they travel to face the Kougars at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

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