The Lyle/Pacelli Athletics baseball team, back in action after a week-long layoff due to the weather played host to the GMLOK Bulldogs in a Southeast Conference matchup at Marcusen Park Tuesday, and a nine-run bottom of the first was more than enough offense for three Athletics pitchers who combined to throw a 5-inning no-hitter in a 16-1 LP win.
Parker Johnson, the leadoff hitter for GMLOK scored the only run of the game for the Bulldogs in the top of the first after reaching via a walk and later scoring on an error, and it was Lyle/Pacelli then breaking the game wide open in the bottom half of the inning off of Bulldog starter Blake Swenson as they plated nine runs for a 9-1 lead, and they added seven more in the bottom of the second for the 16-1 final.
Hunter VaDeer, Isaac Nelsen and Mac Nelson combined to throw the 5-inning no-hitter for LP, as VaDeer started and pitched the first three innings, giving up the lone GMLOK run, which was unearned on no hits, striking out eight and walking one. Nelsen then pitched a scoreless and hitless fourth, striking out two and walking one, and Nelson then finished off the no-hitter in the fifth, holding the Bulldogs without a hit or a run, and he struck out one.
Lyle/Pacelli belted out 10 hits to go with their 16 runs in the game, and they were also aided by five GMLOK errors. VaDeer helped his own cause immensely by going 3 for 3 with a double, a triple, three RBI’s and two runs scored, Mac Nelson went 1 for 3 with a total of four RBI’s and three runs scored, leadoff hitter Landon Meyer was 1 for 2 with an RBI and two runs scored, Jake Truckenmiller was 1 for 2 with a pair of runs scored, Dane Schara went 1 for 4 with two runs knocked in and one scored, Isaac Nelsen was 1 for 3 with a run scored, and Jack Klingfus went 2 for 3 with two runs scored and another knocked in.
With the win, Lyle/Pacelli is out to a 3-0 start, and the Athletics return to action Friday at home in a Southeast Conference doubleheader with Mabel-Canton, with the first pitch of the first game at 4:30 p.m.