Chesapeake-AA's Jason White never has thrown a no-hitter, but he came close yesterday.
A hanging curveball to Brian Zimmerman leading off the fifth inning was the only hit as White pitched the No. 9 Cougars (4-2) to a 3-0 victory over No. 5 Broadneck (5-1).
White (1-1) outperformed Sean Ryan (3-1), who pitched a four-hitter in defeat.
Chesapeake's junior catcher Luis Falcon had two of the four hits off Ryan, knocking in the first run in the first inning and setting up the third with a leadoff double in the sixth.
Falcon's RBI was all White needed as the senior left-hander allowed only one Bruin to reach second when he gave up two of his three walks in the third inning. He coaxed No. 3 hitter Adam Simonson into grounding out to end the inning.
In the top half of the next inning, White ran the count to 2-2 on Zimmerman, the Bruins clean-up hitter. Zimmerman then hit a high-inside curve on the ground past third for a single. Leading 2-0, White picked Zimmerman off first and proceeded to retire the last 11 Bruins in a row.
"It takes a lot of luck to pitch a no-hitter. I've never had one in my life and the closest I came was my sophomore year when I had a one-hitter against Meade," said White, who finished with nine strikeouts giving him 22 in two appearances this week.
On Monday, White came in relief for Jeremy Pellegrini in the second inning and struck out 13 in five innings in a 3-2 loss to Glen Burnie.
"I really turned things around in the Glen Burnie game," said White, who lost a 7-0 decision to Arundel the previous Friday. "I got my curveball working again and it worked today along with a slider Mr. Simms taught me in practice last weekend."
Coach Jim Simms was ecstatic over White's effort and his club's overall play.
"After two losses, you better believe it feels good to win one like this against a kid like Ryan," said Simms.
"I didn't think we played with intensity on Monday, but we did today, and Jason has been great two games in a row."
Broadneck coach Mark Stover was happy with the performance of his ace and gave credit to the Cougars for their "situation hitting" to score runs.
Falcon lined a single to right-center with two outs in the first inning for the Cougars' first run.
In the third, Brian Doyle's speed prevented an inning-ending double play and scored courtesy runner Matt Michalowicz (for White) from third base.
Falcon led off the bottom of the sixth by lining a one-hopper off the left-field fence for a double. Doyle then pushed a grounder to the right side for an out, but advanced Falcon's courtesy runner Brian Grieb to third.
Jeff Allison, making his first start in right field, fouled off four pitches with the count 2-2 before Ryan threw ball three. Allison then lined the 3-2 pitch into left-center for the third run.
Ryan, who finished with five strikeouts and four walks, got the next two batters to end the inning.
White got Zimmerman to fly to Allison, who made a nice running grab, and Dan Gerbasi lined one off the left foot of White and it caromed into the glove of third baseman Jeremy Roberts, who got the out at first. White got Steve Heidler on a routine fly to Allison to end it.
"It was a win we needed because we go down to South River tomorrow [Saturday], and play North County, Old Mill and Severna Park next week," said Simms.