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Foothillers’ Hyde no-hits national No. 3 Bishop Gorman

2018 EAST COUNTY PREP BASEBALL

 

EastCountySports.com staff report

 

LA MESA – Grossmont High junior right-hander JACK HYDE pitched a no-hitter against the top-ranked team from Nevada – athletic powerhouse Bishop Gorman – in the final game of round-robin play in the 67th Lions Tournament at Gizoni Field on Wednesday.

Hyde struck out seven and walked one. Facing just two over the minimum, he threw 85 pitches, 58 for strikeouts.

“First off, my defense was great today and I couldn’t have done it without them,” Hyde said. “Secondly, I just felt super focused and strong and very confident in my offspeed.

How dominant was Hyde against a team that is currently ranked as high as No. 3 in the country this season?

“It was a special performance out of  Jack today,” Grossmont head coach JORDAN ABRUZZO said. “To throw a no-hitter against that caliber of an opponent is a great accomplishment. Hopefully we can use the momentum moving forward.”

After hitting the first batter of the game on a 3-2 pitch, then issuing a one-out walk to put two Bishop Gorman runners aboard, Hyde retired the next two batters on a fly out and a strikeout, respectively, then proceeded to send down the Gaels in order in each of the next six frames.

“I knew it was going to be a great challenge going against so many top quality hitters from a nationally ranked team,” Hyde said. “I took the game pitch by pitch and tried to execute as best I could.”

Gorman came into the contest 8-1 and had a collective batting average of .482 coming into the Lions Tournament, but Hyde’s gem was truly something special. Hyde improved to 2-2 and lowered his ERA to 1.84.

“Jack had command of all 3 pitches today but the main difference was his mentality,” Abruzzo said. “He got after guys and commanded his fastball to both sides of the plate.”

Grossmont scored all they runs they would need i the second inning.

Senior CHRIS GIOVENGO had an RBI double on an 0-2 pitch with one out to score senior TYLER PARENT, who drew a leadoff walk.

After junior ZAK FARRIS singled, junior JASE RUSSELL singled to right, driving in Giovengo.

Grossmont junior KEONI VALDEZ had two hits, while Giovengo added his second double of the game during a fourth-inning threat.

 

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