ATHENA - Weston-McEwen's Dallas Reich pitched his second Special District 6 no-hitter in a row here Tuesday afternoon as the TigerScots posted a 7-0 win over Pilot Rock.
Reich, who had pitched a no-hitter last Saturday against Sherman County, went the distance for the TigerScots and struck out 14 in the no-hitter.
"The guys were talking about my no-hitter in the dugout during the game, and there is an unwritten rule that you don't, but they did anyway," Reich said. "So I knew about it and it was in the back of my mind throughout the game.
"I was trying to keep my mind on the bigger picture," he said. "We needed another league win and that is what I really helped to get."
Reich got the complete-game shutout and was perfect for 4 2/3 innings before hitting a batter, Pilot Rock's Tice Waite, in the shoulder. The hit-by-pitch was on a curve that didn't break back over the plate.
"I planned on only letting Dallas go four or five innings because he just pitched, but he kept his pitch count down and we able to let him go all game," W-M coach T.J. Haguewood said. "When he is pitching well and locating his fastball, it makes his curveball all the better.
"He is a very good athlete and can be a tough pitcher," he said. "Dallas and catcher Elliot Salter are in a rhythm right now and in a groove. But you can fall out of that groove really easily. Baseball can be a very humbling sport."
TigerScot hitters had six hits for the seven runs.
W-M scratched out a run in the bottom of the first inning when Salter hit a screaming line drive past the shortstop into left field for a single. He stole second and was singled in by a Drew Greenwalt hit to right field.
The TigerScots scored four more in the third inning. Derek Carson led off with a hard grounder off the third base bag and it bounced out into left field for a single. A wild pitch advanced Carson to second. Salter followed with a hard grounder to short.
A two-base throwing error on the Rockets' shortstop on the attempt to get the runner at first scored Carson and advanced Salter to second base.
Aaron Speed walked and Reich singled Salter in from second base.
A fielder's choice groundout by Greenwalt moved Speed and Reich to second and third base.
The runners on second and third scored on a Jared Bond grounder to shortstop that was thrown to first and missed by the first baseman.
W-M scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth to make the final 7-0.
Carson and Salter walked to open the inning.
The Rockets catcher, unaware of the pitch count, threw to second to try to get the runner advancing on the second walk.
The ball sailed into centerfield for the third and final Rockets error.
The baserunners, Carson and Salter, advance to second and third base.
Speed followed with an RBI groundout and Reich doubled into the right-field gap to score the final run of the game.
"Hitting-wise, our hands have slowed down a little the last couple of games," Haguewood said. "We're not hitting that well. I'm happy but not satisfied with our hitting. Then again, if you're ever fully satisfied, then you're losing the battle."
The TigerScots made all the defensive plays behind Reich, who missed the perfect game by the hit-by-pitch and one walk in seven innings.
"I'm very pleased with our defense," Haguewood said. "We've been doing solid work out in field and that comes from lots of practice."
The TigerScots, now 6-1 in league and 8-5 overall, don't play again until April 30th at Heppner in another league battle.
Weston-McEwen 7, Pilot Rock 0
Pilot Rock 000 000 0 - 0 0 3
W-M 104 200 0 - 7 6 0
Sheperd and Waite. Reich and Salter.
HR - none.
Hits - PR: none. W-M: Salter 2, Reich 2, Carson, Greenwalt.