Indys Guske throws second no-hitter of season
By Marcus Stone, Sports Editor
Independence’s Brandon Guske threw his second no-hitter of the season Tuesday night, defeating Centennial 1-0 in Thompson’s Station. His first came on Opening Day at Overton.
“It felt great,” the 6-foot-3 senior right-hander said. “From the get go I felt really good and my stuff was working. Defense – they were incredible tonight.”
Drama filled the bottom of the seventh inning – outside the possible no-hitter - as the final outcome was decided with a play at home plate. Centennial’s Ricky Harris, the would-be game-tying run, was thrown out at home plate as shortstop Cam Miller made a perfect throw from shallow left field. Chase Carder had hit a towering fly ball that was over-run by the Eagle outfield, being ruled an error.
“That was wild,” Guske said of the night’s final play. “Great throw by Cam Miller, great catch and tag by Ethan Nieman.”
Guske struck out five Cougars and walked only two, throwing an efficient 84 pitches – something he credited to finding the strike zone early in at-bats.
“I was getting ahead,” he said. “I think I only fell behind one or two batters. When I did, they were hitting them right to our infielders.”
Indy scored their only run of the game in the first inning as Gavin Dea scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by Nieman.
Centennial’s Christian Brown was solid on the mound for the visitors, scattering eight hits without recording a single walk.
Posted on: 4/9/2013