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Demon Hisle pitches a no-hitter in win vs. Warrensville Heights Tigers
“I haven’t pitched since the summer and I didn’t have confidence in myself going in there to pitch,” Hisle said. “But the coaches kept telling me to stay positive. I went out there confident, said, ‘Come on Lord, help me out here.’ It turned out to be a no-hitter and the first one I ever threw. Hopefully there is more to come.”
In five innings of work, Hisle struck out 11 and gave up two walks. He had good command of his fastball and worked the curveball in his favor.
“My fastball really worked and they (coaches) said ‘Go ahead D.D., try your curveball,’” Hisle said. “The curveball was working pretty good. I had the batters looking silly up there, I was pretty proud of myself.”
Titans coach Brad Ternes was impressed with how Hisle pitched.
“D.D. (Hisle) did a great job,” Ternes said. “He had good stuff from the first inning. He had confidence with his fastball and his curveball when he needed it and he was right on.”
Offensively, the Titans tore the cover off the ball.
Leading 2-0 in the bottom of the first, Andre Morales hit a two-run single to put the Titans up 4-0. Morales ended up going 4-for-4 on the day adding two RBIs.
Lorain added two more runs in the bottom of the first to take a 6-0 advantage going into the second inning.
The offensive fireworks continued in the second for Lorain.
Nic Billingsley had an RBI triple to put Lorain up 7-0. Later in the inning with two outs and two runners on, Kyle Stumphauzer hit a two-run single to put the Titans up 12-0 after two innings.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Titans batted around, sending 13 players to the plate. Lorain put eight runs on the board, had five hits and drew four walks in the inning.
Lorain’s Desmond Guice hit a three-run inside-the-park home run to left field, and the Titans scored five runs on defensive miscues by the Tigers. Four runs were scored on passed balls and one run was scored on an error.
“I liked the patience we had at the plate. Sometimes when you have a little bit of a lead, it’s easy to get a little wild up there.” Ternes said. “The kids kept their composure waiting to see good pitches. They got themselves in good counts and we took advantage.”
Warrensville Heights coach Ernest Connor tipped his hat to Lorain with the way it played.
“They got a lot of experience and you can tell just by the way they play. Right now, these guys are tough.” Connor said. “We got a lot of young guys.
“We need to work on the basic fundamentals, fielding and hitting, if we can do that, we can compete, as of now, we got a lot of work to do.”
Warrensville Heights pitcher Khyree Allison struggled on the mound, going 2 innings, giving up 12 runs (1 unearned) on 8 hits and gave up six walks. Devon Dove pitched 2 innings of relief work, giving up 8 runs (7 earned) on five hits, striking out one and walking five.
Lorain will play today at Cleveland Heights in a make-up game. The first pitch is at 4:30 p.m.
Lorain 20, Warrensville Heights 0
Lake Erie League
Warrensville Heights (1-3) 000 00 — 0 0 2 Lorain (6-3) 660 8x — 20 14 1
TWO HITS OR MORE: Lorain; Andre Morales; 2B — L: Mike Velez; 3B — L: Nic Billingsley, Ryan Osko; HR — L: Desmond Guice; WP — Demon Hisle (1-0).
Last Updated: 4/15/2013 11:06:34 PM EST