ELLISTOWN - Rudy Baldwyn tossed a one-hitter and his East Union teammates rattled the bats and drove in plenty of runs in the 11-0 Urchin win over Walnut in five innings.
Friday's win gave the Urchins a sweep over the Wildcats and also a perfect run through Division 1-2A with a 10-0 record.
Baldwyn faced only one batter over the minimum as he carried a no-hitter into the top of the fifth, but Walnut's Hopper led off the inning with an infield single that broke up the no-no. Baldwyn shook it off and struck out two of the three remaining batters.
"I just tried to stay ahead in the count early, didn't have my curve ball working like ahead in the count early, so I just tried to stick with the fastball throughout the remainder of the game," Baldwyn said. "I threw some off-speeds in there every now and then to keep them off-balance.
"My arm felt good before the game, better than usual, so my velocity was good."
Baldwyn struck out the side in the third and struck out two batters in three of the other four innings. He threw only 62 pitches, 47 of which were strikes. He also threw 11 first strike pitches to the 16 batters faced. Baldwyn struck out 10 and walked none.
Baldwyn realized that he was working on a no-hitter midway through the contest, but stayed laser-sharp while showing Wildcat batters the bench.
"I mean, we got to 10 and I was like, 'I could do it' and then the dude hits one up the middle, I almost grabbed it, but I mean, it don't matter, we got the win, so it's all good," Baldwyn said. "Jude (Treadaway) did a great job just getting there and making it close."
Connor Timms led the Urchins at the plate with two hits and three RBI. Ross Cochran also had two hits while driving in two runs.
Ethan Hitt had multiple RBI on one hit and two runs driven in. Other Urchins with a RBI were Treadaway, Baldwyn, Rett Johnson and Chris Clayton.
East Union went in order in the first inning, but scored two runs in the second and third innings. The Urchins broke the game open with a seven-run fourth and sent Baldwyn back to the mound in the fifth with an 11-0 lead.
"It was huge with the hitting, it just gets your confidence up, you know, just go in there with a big lead like that and throw strikes in there and let your defense play behind you, that's really huge right there," Baldwyn said.