MANLIUS — Princeton’s Josh Reinhardt and Bureau Valley’s Spencer Marquez locked into a pitcher’s duel under the wind turbine at Bureau Valley High School Tuesday.
Marquis no-hit the Tigers through five innings. Reinhardt allowed just one hit in the first.
The Tigers (4-3, 4-0) finally cracked Marquis in the top of the sixth, breaking through with two runs. Reinhardt took care of the rest, finishing with a two-hit shutout to pitch the Tigers to a 3-0 victory over rival Storm (1-4-1, 0-3) in Three Rivers East Conference play.
“Josh is doing what we do. We pitch well and he had a great game,” PHS coach Wick Warren said. “They had a hit in the first inning and a hit in the last inning. That was it. And he had 11 strikeouts. He was in command the whole night.”
Reinhardt (2-0), the junior ace right-hander, silenced the Storm on 82 pitches, striking out 11 batters with no walks.
“It’s been awhile since I’ve pitched. I pitched two innings at Mendota Saturday, but I consider that like a warm-up mostly. I felt good,” Reinhardt said. “I try to throw first-pitch strikes mostly. Get ahead, that’s real nice. Be as efficient as I can.”
“It was a very well-played baseball game. Not a lot of hard hit balls,” BV coach Bret Helms said. “I thought both pitchers pitched very well. Spencer got a little tired and they started making a little contact and that’s when they got their base hits. Some balls found a hole and that was the difference in the ballgame.”
Garrett Allen broke up Marquis’ no-hitter with a single to left to lead off the sixth. Zakk Welsh drew a one-out walk before Beck Robbins put the Tigers on the board with a two-out hit to score Allen.
A hit by freshman Caleb Alter and an error made it 2-0 as Warren kept Welsh coming around third as the ball got by the Storm.
Reinhardt drew a walk to lead off the Tigers’ seventh. He stole second and was awarded third on a balk by Storm reliever Andrew Petros. Allen ripped a base hit up the middle through the drawn-in infield to score Reinhardt to stake the Tigers to a 3-0 lead.
“If we can get the bats going, we’ve held a lot of teams. Our team ERA is pretty good right now, I think,” Reinhardt said.
While the Tigers are not hitting much, they are getting timely hits, Warren said.
“That’s our game. It’s defense, pitching and timely hitting,” Warren said.
The Tigers have found a spark in Alter. He is filling in for his brother, Conner, who is out on concussion protocol after taking a hard foul tip to the mask at Mendota Saturday. Reinhardt said it’s nice to have his little cousin in the lineup.
“I’m glad we pulled him up. Got two hits for us already in two games. He broke up a no-hitter at Mendota and got a RBI hit tonight,” Reinhardt said.
“He gets up there and relaxes and just swings the bat. It’s nice to see,” Warren said.
Allen led the Tigers with two hits Tuesday.
• Notes: Through their first seven games, Princeton’s pitching had allowed only eight runs, just three of which were earned. Princeton won the F/S game over BV 10-1 at Princeton. ... The Tigers beat Erie/Prophetstown 7-3 Thursday and travel to Orion Saturday.
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