Evan Orand tossed a no-hitter Thursday as the Glo-Valve Service Dodgers wrapped up its 27th league championship in the Pampa Optimist 11-12 Cal Ripken League with a 7-3 win over the T-Shirts & More Marlins.
Orand struck out seven, walked five and hit four batters in a game shortened to four innings because of the time limit. Eli Lopez and Luis Nevarez pitched for T-Shirts & More.
T-Shirts & More struck first in the top of the first inning. Shawn Wright walked, stole a couple of basis and hurried home on a groundout by Rolanda Rivera.
Glo-Valve used walks to Kale Doss, Orand and Gage Turner, a single by Nate Haynes, a balk, wild pitches and passed balls to jump out to a 4-1 lead after an inning. In the second inning T-Shirts & More took advantage of wildness on the part of Orand, who issued walks to Jeryn Owens and Maddox Bowers and hit Jon Solis, Karter Kidd and Nevarez with a pitch to force in two runs and narrow the score to 4-3 in Glo-Valve’s favor after two innings.
Glo-Valve added a run in the bottom of the third on a single by Carter McLaughlin, two steals and a throwing error. Glo-Valve led 5-3.
In the bottom of the fourth, Glo-Valve scored twice before the time limit ended the game. Haynes walked, stole two bases and walked in on a triple by Orand. Orand scored moments later when a pickoff attempt went to the fence while Orand thundered home.
Orand was the leading hitter in the game drilling two of Glo-Valve’s four hits, scoring twice and knocking in a run.
Turner turned an unassisted double play at third base making a difficult catch of a foul ball and beating the runner back to the bag for Glo-Valve’s outstanding defensive play. Glo-Valve played errorless ball during the contest. Nevarez picked a unner off first for an outstanding defensive gem for T-Shirts & More while its first baseman Lopez made an over-the shoulder catch of a foul ball near the fence to turn in another outstanding defensive effort.
Glo-Valve finished the season with a league best record of 9-1. T-Shirts & More was fourth at 3-6-1.
Glo-Valve’s manager was John Warner. Brian Doss served as coach. Doss will manage the Pampa 2021 11-12 Cal Ripken All Star team which will be selected Sunday and will start practice next week.
The Pampa Optimist Youth Club is a Pampa United way agency.
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