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Tecumseh no-hits Bulldogs in sectional

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By Larry Goffinet

CANNELTON—Alex Oliver and Jordan Lamborn combined to pitch a no-hitter as Tecumseh beat Cannelton 14-0 in the first round of a Class A baseball sectional Friday.

Oliver pitched the first four innings, striking out 10 and walking two.

Lamborn pitched the fifth and final inning, striking out all three batters he faced.

Jordan Mattingly and T.J. James each drew a walk against Oliver.

But because Mattingly was thrown out on a stolen-base attempt in the first inning, the Braves faced only one batter over the minimum for the game.

Mattingly made the Bulldogs’ only two outs that weren’t strikeouts. He grounded out to the second baseman in the third inning.

The Braves had nine hits for the game and never had more than three in an inning.

But they scored five runs in the third inning with the help of three errors and two walks and eight runs in the fifth, which included three errors, two walks and two hit batsmen.

Ryan Robison’s three-run double to deep center field was the big blow of the Braves’ second inning.

Trevor Noffsinger hit a two-run triple in the fifth.

Noffsinger, Kolton Chapman and Colton Jung each finished with two hits for the Braves.

Ethan Herzog pitched the first two innings for Cannelton to take the loss. He gave up five hits and two walks and struck out none.

Cody Lawalin relieved him and pitched two scoreless innings before giving up eight runs—all unearned—in the fifth.

“We have trouble making the routine play and it showed,” said Cannelton Coach Mike Garrett.

The damage that inning could have been worse, but Cannelton right fielder Jonathon Bratcher made a nice running catch in the gap to end the inning.

Cannelton finished the season 0-20. Tecumseh, ranked 10th in the state in the Class A coaches poll, advanced to today’s championship game with an 18-10 record.

“If they ever move Cannelton or Tecumseh out of Sectional 64, we aren’t going to have anyone to play because it seems like we always draw them in every sport,” said Garrett. “But I guess we’d have to play them eventually to win it.”