STRUTHERS, OH- You could almost feel it coming. Like the calm before the storm, Richie Dell calmly took his spot on the mound against Roth Brothers with his team battling for position atop the Class B.
Then, with a whip of his arm, and the violence of a lightning strike- Richie Dell struck out 11 batters on his way to a no-hitter 10-0 victory on Wednesday night.
Dell was the headline most certainly, but some of the focus should be on the offense that found ways to get on base and get things moving in the third inning. Creekside is a team that pushes the envelope aggressively on the basepaths. Look no further than the first hit of the game when BJ Arnold looped a ball into shallow centerfield that drew the shortstop, second baseman, and centerfielder to the baseball-leaving second base vacant for Arnold to occupy for a double.
From there, Dylan Gurski led the charge with 2 RBI and a triple for Creekside.
What started out as an incredible pitchers duel faded with Roth starter, Adam Wibert- who pitched his tail off striking out 4, walking 4, and scattering 5 hits. Wibert had Creekside off balanced for the majority of his performance. Ricky Mineo pitched in relief, striking out and walking a pair while giving up four runs.
Creekside, for the time being, have control with a 10-2 record, and the Astro Falcons are on pause until Friday night.