Trent Blackwater blanks Vikings with one-hit gem
April 24, 2009
Trent Blackwater won’t forget the masterpiece that he threw Thursday at South Tahoe High.
Blackwater tossed a one-hit shutout as Fallon defeated the Vikings 9-0 in a Sierra Division baseball game.
The Vikings didn’t collect their first hit off Blackwater until Derek Holmgren singled into left field leading off the sixth inning. Fallon outfielders dropped two fly balls that were tricky to get under as winds swirled around Todd Fields throughout the game.
“Trent kept the ball down in the strike zone, that was the big key for him,” said Fallon coach Robbie Wickware. “Not too many pitches were floating around the belt, and he was at the knees a lot today. Working ahead and throwing strikes is what allowed him to go so deep in the ball game.”
Fallon raised its division record to 2-11, while the Vikings fell to 1-9.
The Greenwave scored in every inning but the first. The only run Blackwater needed was the one he scored in the second inning. He singled to left with one out and took second on a fielding error in the outfield. After advancing to third on a groundout, Blackwater scored on Willie Brewster’s double to right-center field on a two-strike offering from STHS starter Matt Marsh.
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Colton Oney’s home run over the left-field fence gave Fallon a 2-0 lead after three innings. The Greenwave went ahead 4-0 in the fourth as Blackwater and Trent deBraga scored runs.
Fallon also scored twice in the fifth and sixth innings. Drew Corbin rapped a two-run single in the fifth and back-to-back triples by deBraga and Williams keyed the scoring in the sixth.
Blackwater nearly lost his shutout in the fourth and sixth innings. The Vikings’ Gary Prescott reached on a dropped fly ball in center and Max DeLallo walked, putting runners on first and second with one out. But Matt Marsh tried to take an extra base after his fly ball was dropped in right field and was caught in a rundown between first and second bases. A popup to second baseman deBraga ended the threat.
In the sixth, runner’s interference was called against Holmgren for sliding over the bag, giving Fallon a double play. With two outs, DeLallo reached on an infield error and Marsh walked. Blackwater, however, remained composed and got out of the jam with a strikeout.
“He was just mixing it up, throwing curves and hitting his spots,” Marsh said. “Their defense backed him up, too.”
After walking Jamie Yelles to lead off the seventh inning, Blackwater recorded successive strikeouts and a groundout, capping the shutout.
The two teams complete the three-game series with a doubleheader Saturday at Todd Fields. The first game begins at 11 a.m.
“We just have to get our hitting back. Once we start hitting, things will iron themselves out,” Marsh said.
South Tahoe won the junior varsity game 7-6 on Jake Braun’s walk-off, three-run homer with out in the bottom of the seventh inning.