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No-no carries Miners

And here’s the windup, the pitch … ball four.

Nic Gauldin said he didn’t like the call but Nevada Union’s starting pitcher still managed to laugh off the fact that his bid for a perfect game was wiped away by a walk he surrendered on four pitches in the top of the fifth inning Wednesday.

Of course, considering how Nevada Union handled Johnson in the Metro Conference opener, there were just too many good things going to let the near-miss at a pitcher perfect performance get to Gauldin.



And, after all, he did throw a no-no.

Gauldin, a junior righthander, struck out six and walked two in five innings of no-hit work to lead Nevada Union to a 12-1 win over the visiting Warriors.




“He was hitting his spots and mixing up his speeds real well,” NU head coach Ted White said. “He only had (six) strikeouts, but he forced them to swing the bat and made us to play defense.”

Nevada Union was without error in the field, other than a passed ball that allowed Johnson’s Emery Esperanza to score the lone Warrior run in the top of the fifth. Through four and one third innings, though, Gauldin sat down each of the first 13 batters he faced in order.

“The whole team did a good job of hitting the ball today,” Gauldin said. “That’s what kept me going.”

The Miners (3-3 overall, 1-0 Metro) hammered out 15 hits, including seven in a seven-run third inning that broke the game open for Nevada Union. Four Miners had multi-hit games, including senior leadoff man Daniel Rackley, who went 2-for-2 with double, a stolen base and two runs scored. Kyle Parker was 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs, Daniel Graning was 2-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored and Gauldin, himself, had a 2-for-2 day at the plate with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored.

“You know, after five real tough preseason games, where you face guys who are throwing hard, and then you’re about to face a guy who doesn’t have much speed, you start thinking ‘Hey I’m going to go 3-for-3 with a couple of doubles against this guy,'” said White. “But the kids did a god job of staying back, waiting on their pitch and putting a short swing on it.

“Then we mashed a couple of big shots, so they backed up on us out there. Then we just duck-farted a couple of hits in front of them.”

Gauldin got things going for the Miners in that seven-run third, drawing a walk and scoring on a deep double to right-center field off the bat of Peter Ruiz. Josh Gauldin, Nic’s senior brother, brought Ruiz home with a another double to right-center for a 5-0 lead. Graning, Parker and Brian Jordan each also added RBI singles in the inning, which, when the dust had settled, had given NU a 10-0 lead.

“This is a championship team,” Nic Gauldin said after the win. “We’ve got everything. We’ve got speed with Rackley and BJ (Jordan), we’ve got bats with Josh Gauldin, Peter Ruiz and Jamie Lohmeyer. We’ve got pitching with Racks, Peter and me. And our depth is just crazy. To have a championship team, that’s what you need.”

The Miners will take another step toward a Metro championship on Friday, as Nevada Union travels to McClatchy for a conference clash.

Metro Conference

Nevada Union 12, Johnson 1

JOHNSON NEVADA UNION

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Yokely 2 0 0 0 Rackley 2 2 2 0

Cookman 1 0 0 0 Smeltzley 1 0 1 1

Aguirre 2 0 0 0 Parker 3 1 2 2

Salazar 2 0 0 0 Brindley 1 0 1 1

Gonzales 2 0 0 0 Jordan 2 1 1 2

Lewis 1 0 0 0 Stith 1 0 0 0

Esperanza 2 1 0 0 N.Gauldin 2 1 2 1

Boyer 1 0 0 0 Ruiz 3 1 1 0

Meier 1 0 0 0 Lohmeyer 2 0 0 0

Brosnan 1 0 0 0 Maraglia 1 0 0 0

Cook 1 0 0 0 Biertuempfel 2 1 1 0

Totals 16 1 0 0 Gonzales 1 0 0 0

J.Gauldin 2 1 1 1

Noxon 1 1 1 0

Graning 2 2 2 1

Davis 1 1 0 0

Totals 27 12 15 9

Johnson (0-2) 000 00 – 0 0 1

NU (1-0) 127 2x – 12 15 1

E – Davis, Cook. LOB – Nevada Union 6, Johnson 1. 2B – Rackley, N. Gauldin (2), Ruiz, J. Gauldin.

IP H R ER BB SO

Johnson

Boyer (LP) 2 1/3 8 7 7 1 0

Brosnan 1 1/3 7 5 4 0 0

Aguirre 1/3 0 0 0 0 1

Nevada Union

N. Gauldin (WP) 5 0 1 0 2 6


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