Thursday’s 2A Baseball: Guerrero No-Hits Black Hills
EvCo: Tyson Guerrero Strikes Out 13 in 11-0 Win for Bearcats’ Second-Straight No-Hitter
By Aaron VanTuyl
Listening to Tyson Guerrero, you’d almost believe he had an off day on the mound.
“I got a little worried in the beginning. I wasn’t working my spots and throwing strikes, and I should have been,” he said. “It never usually happens to me, but everyone has one of those days. You can’t find your spot. Today was one of them.”
The Bearcat left-hander, though, holds himself to a high standard, and his self-evaluation after W.F. West’s 11-0 Evergreen 2A Conference win over Black Hills Thursday in Chehalis was just an example.
Guerrero tossed a five-inning no-hitter, striking out 13 batters and allowing just two balls to be put in play. Both were fielded by second baseman Josiah Johnson for quick outs.
His only hiccups came in the second inning. With one out, he walked Jacob Nelson on five pitches, struck out the next hitter, walked Dustyn Dalebout on five pitches, and ended the threat with a strikeout.
“I was up there thinking too much,” he said. “I wasn’t just throwing, I was thinking.”
Needless to say, he quit thinking. Guerrero struck out the next seven batters and had an 0-2 count on the third batter of the fifth inning before brushing his jersey with an inside pitch.
He then, appropriately, fanned the next batter to end the game. The no-hitter was notable in its own right, but the fact that it came two days after teammate — and fellow Washington State University signee — Brandon White no-hit the Wolves with a seven-inning, 14-strikeout performance was even more of a rarity.
Bearcat coach Bryan Bullock said he’s never had a pair of teammates throw back-to-back no-hitters, though the occasion wasn’t particularly shocking given the pitchers in question.
“It wasn’t, like, a big deal for our whole team, because I think we expect those guys to throw like that,” Bullock said. “So no one here was shocked that it happened.”
The second inning, he added, was something of a confidence-building exercise.
“He just got in his own head a little bit, but then he did a really nice job of battling through it, and then coming out the next inning and looking sharp again,” Bullock said. “Those are the types of things he’s got to go through to get to the end of the season and be battle-tested.”
At the plate, meanwhile, W.F. West had little trouble putting up runs. Nole Wollan went 3 for 3 and drove in four runs, Dakota Hawkins was 2 for 2 with a sacrifice fly, Daniel Fagerness was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and freshman catcher Drew Reynolds went 2 for 3. Guerrero went 2 for 4 with a double and knocked in two runs.
“I thought we did a nice job of adjusting to their pitching,” Bullock said. “We knew we were going to have to sit back. They were throwing lots of off-speed pitches. … I thought we did a real nice job of driving the ball the other way.”
W.F. West improved to 5-0 in league play with the win, and has now outscored its EvCo opponents 50-2 so far. The Bearcats (7-2 overall) are scheduled to host Rochester on Friday at 4:30 p.m.
BEARCATS 11, WOLVES 0
Black Hills 000 00 — 0 0 3
W.F. West 144 2X — 11 13 1
Batteries: Black Hills — Sam Flaisig, Zach Loveless (3), Cole Burney (5) and Zach Loveless, Aiden Hoddevik (3); W.F. West — Tyson Guerrero and Drew Reynolds