Verrett tosses another no-hitter as Portagers sweep
Posted by Matt
Wenzel, Manistee News Advocate
May 17, 2012
ONEKAMA — Stephen Verrett stayed out of trouble for the first five innings, but the Onekama senior pitcher was in a big jam in the sixth.
The bases were loaded with no outs after a couple walks and a hit batter.
“You just have to know that you have defense behind you,” Verrett said, “and you’ve just got to throw the ball in there.”
Verrett proceeded to strike out the next two batters and induce a ground out to complete a no-hitter in the first game of a West Michigan D League sweep against Baldwin on Thursday.
“I was throwing my fastball, pretty much, with great command today,” Verrett said. “I have a great catcher in Joe Eno who helped me. That’s about it.”
Verrett’s gem came in a 9-0 win in the opener and the Portagers went on to take the second game 16-1 by mercy rule in three innings. It’s the third no-hitter of the month for Verrett (the last was in a three-inning mercy), who walked four and struck out 14.
“As any coach would, you cheer for the kids who are working hard and he’s been throwing since he was a freshman trying to get to this level,” said Onekama coach John Neph. “He’s really earned what he’s getting this year. He’s put in the time … and he just loves baseball. It’s a real pleasure seeing him do well.”
With the sweep, Onekama (9-12-2, 7-3 WMD) completed a 4-0 week in the league ahead of Saturday’s trip to Shelby.
“We’re pleased with the week so far,” Neph said. “We’re playing better. We worked really hard on some things this week and it showed up tonight. The kids are sticking together and it’s a pleasure to come out to the ballfield with this team.”
Baldwin (6-14, 3-9) had an up-and-down week. The Panthers were swept by Manistee Catholic on Monday, then took two from Crossroads on Wednesday before Thursday’s losses.