The Ellis County Drillers played a near perfect game Monday night en route to a big win versus the Phillies.
The defense played perfect and a pair of pitchers combined to throw a no-hitter in the 9-1 victory in 12U action Monday night at the Optimist Fields.
Jared Boisvert allowed one run, but didn’t allow a hit in his two innings of work then Kayden Jones slammed the door on the game by striking out the side in his inning of work in the win.
“Right now, at this age, the pitchers are generally ahead of the batters, as the season progresses, the kids will catch up,” Drillers coach Kirk Paschall said. “We’ve got our kids just throwing and aiming for targets and we let them throw just one change-up an outing, because we don’t want them hurting their arms.”
The Drillers’ bats gave those two arms more support than they needed in the first inning alone.
Brandon Brown reached on an error and then stole second. He moved to third when Grant Cowan singled to left field. Cowan went to steal second when the throw from the catcher was cut off by the shortstop as Brown tried to take home. The catcher didn’t hesitate and was safe on a close play at home to make it 1-0 just two batters in to the game.
Brayton McDaniel singled on a bloop hit to right field to move Cowan to third. McDaniel stole second and two batters later, Kendall Calvary singled to right field to plate Cowan and McDaniel and make it 3-0.
The Phillies scored their lone run in the bottom of the first thanks to a lead off walk to Austyn Johnson. The Phillies’ starting pitcher then stole second and third and scored when Anthony Hernandez grounded out to first to make it 3-1.
Neither team scored in the second thanks to a great defensive play on each side.
In the top of the second, Phillies’ third baseman Zack Osborn caught a pop up with a runner standing on third and alertly noticed that the runner wasn’t paying attention and stepped on third to get a quick, inning-ending double play.
The Drillers’ defensive gem was turned in by Brown. After a pair of walks, the Phillies tried a double steal to get the tying run in scoring position with two outs, but Brown caught the lead runner stealing third to end the inning and the Phillies’ final scoring threat. That momentum carried the Drillers in their six-run third.
Jones led off the inning by reaching via a hit by pitch and then Brown and Cowan each walked. McDaniel reached on an error that allowed Jones and Brown to score. Boisvert singled to left to score Cowan. Tristan Paschall then walked to load the bases back up with no outs still. Kendall reached on a single off the pitcher that allowed all the runners to move up a base and scored McDaniel.
An errant pick off move allowed both Boisvert and Tristan to score to make it 9-1.
That allowed Jones to come in and get his three strike outs to end the game, two of them looking.
The Drillers’ head coach Mike Tims said while his squad is playing in a 12U league, they are all 11 to get a look against better competition. He is extremely excited about the way this group of young players have come together.
“I’m proud of the way the team has bonded and have played as a team,” Tims said. “They don’t let little mistakes affect them. They let it go, move on and keep getting better.”
The Drillers (2-0) will play again at 7:45 p.m. Thursday against the Braves (1-3) at Henry Curry Field at the Optimist Fields. The Phillies (1-2) will play again at 6 p.m. Tuesday in a rematch versus the Drillers at Curry Field.
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