“We felt like if we got up early, that we would use this game like Trace’s bullpen session,” added Twin Cedars coach Matt Miller. “Trace did a good job and we were confident that Garrett would come in and throw strikes.”
The Sabers went up 8-0 with a two run third. Hunter Embray led off with a double and scored on Drew Carlson’s sacrifice fly. Trace Embray helped his own cause with an RBI base hit later in the bottom of the third.
The Eagles had three early errors. Four of the eight runs they allowed to the Sabers were unearned.
“Our pitching was okay, but those early errors gave them five extra outs,” said M-U coach Brent Martsching. “After that, I thought we settled in and made some plays.”
Pettyjohn, on in relief of Embray, struck out the side in the fifth. Moulton-Udell had a one-out base runner in the sixth as Trey Stansberry reached on the lone Saber error. He was thrown out stealing and Pettyjohn induced a ground ball out to end the Eagle at bat.
“I tried not to think about the no-hitter going in, but Trace kept reminding me that they didn’t have any hits,” said Pettyjohn. “I’m glad I could close it out.”
The game ended with two outs in the sixth. After the first two Sabers grounded out, Harrell singled for his second hit. On a 3-1 pitch, Hunter Embray drove a ball over the fence in left to make the final 10-0.
“With the count in my favor, I was just looking for a pitch I could hit hard,” said Embray.
The Sabers hit the ball hard, producing five extra base hits. Still, Miller would have liked to have seen some better swings out of his guys.