EMPORIA — Taylor Lassman pitched his first-ever no-hitter at the best of times.
Lassman threw a no-hitter in the opening game of the Zone Tournament for Chanute Post 170 A, helping his team to a 10-0 victory over Ottawa at Emporia on Saturday afternoon.
Lassman’s historic game included striking out five and walking one in four innings, a game that ended early due to a blowout rule.
“It feels pretty good I guess,” Lassman said. “I was just throwing strikes and filling out the zone, and letting my defense work behind me.”
Lassman (2-0), of course, had exceptional run support, though Post 170 A had just four hits on the day, which was the lowest hit total the junior group compiled during their successful weekend.
Caden Schwegman was 1-for-1 with two RBI, while Kam Koester was 2-for-2 with two RBI and Blake Atwood was 1-for-2.
Damage was done in the bottom of the first thanks to Koester’s single to left field, which scored Braxton Harding and Schwegman to make the score 2-0.
Most of their damage, however, was done in the bottom of the second. Highlights included Schwegman slicing a single to left to bring in Harding and Atwood; score at this point was 5-0 and counting. Koester also doubled to left center in the inning to score Schwegman, and this made the score 7-0.
“Just a strike, usually belt high depends on the count,” Koester said. “The one first (his first hit), the count was 0-2 and I’m just looking for a strike to hit and the second one (his second hit was 2-0, and that’s usually belt high right down the middle. That’s the best pitch to hit.”
The last run of the game came in the bottom of the fourth after Gage Guiot grounded out, but scored Koester to end the game.
Post 170 A coach witnessed his first no-hitter for his club in the last two years. And he said he was more than happy of the performance heading into their second game on Saturday evening.
“It helped save us pitching so we have all of our pitching available for this next game (Iola game),” he said.
Zone 6 Tournament
Iola 8 Chanute 4
Chanute made it hard on themselves in the Zone 6 Tournament, losing to Iola 8-4.
Schwegman was 2-for-4, Koester went 3-for-3 with an RBI, and Atwood hit 1-for-2. The team had 10 hits overall.
Starting pitcher Koester allowed four hits in two innings, while relieving pitcher Lassman gave up four hits, too, in two innings. Camden Hugo didn’t give up any runs, while Schwegman induced the final two outs, which happened to be one pitch that turned out to be a double play.
Post 170 A needed to win two ballgames Sunday to advance to the championship game.
Chanute 13, Emporia 0
Hugo pitched the second no-hitter in the tournament for the Post 170 A squad, which helped his team to a 13-0 thrashing.
Hugo allowed just two walks and only one hit batter on the no-hitter day.
Run support was plentiful, with the team tallying 10 hits again. Jackson Coombs was 3-for-3 with an RBI, Koester was 2-for-3 (two triples) with three RBI, Guiot was 2-for-3 with two RBI and Schwegman was 1-for-1 with two RBI.
Chanute 13, Garnett 2
The team, 18-9, swung away in this game, winning over Garnett 13-2 before advancing to the Zone 6 Tournament Championship game.
The team mustered up 15 hits total, the most all year for Post 170 A. Coombs hit 2-for-5 with an RBI, Schwegman was 2-for-4 with an RBI, Koester was 2-for-2 with two RBI (his third triple of the day), Lassman went 2-for-3 with two RBI, Aaron Robertson was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Keondre Gregory went 2-for-5 with three RBI.
Starting pitcher Schwegman (4-1) struck out one, walked two and allowed two earned runs in six innings.
The win on Sunday set up a date in the Zone 6 game to determine a state berth Monday night versus the loser of the Topeka and Iola game. The winner of the Topeka-Iola game automatically qualified.