Two no-hitters in three games for ‘incredible’ Tanno


Ray Hamill/ – Joe Tanno threw a no-hitter against Sutter-Butte on Tuesday night, his second in three games.

By Ray Hamill — Joe Tanno has been on fire for the McKinleyville 12-year-old All-Stars this summer and he doesn’t appear to be slowing down any.

On Tuesday night, Tanno threw his second no-hitter in three games, leading Mack Town to a 1-0 win over Sutter-Butte in the Section championship.

It was the fourth tournament championship in five postseason tournaments for this group of players, who placed second in state as 10-year-olds two years ago and will have eyes on a state title this summer.

Tanno has been a force for the team along the way, and his statistics this summer are off the charts.

“Incredible,” is how Mack head coach Carlos Avelar described Tuesday’s performance. “He struck out 14 and didn’t allow a hit again.”

The stellar performance followed Tanno’s perfect game in the District championship, when he struck out all 18 batters he faced.

In three playoff appearances this summer, Tanno has yet to give up a run in 17 innings, while allowing just three hits and striking out an incredible 45 batters.

The Mack defense has also been a strength for this year’s team, with the infield making some big plays along the way.

“They’ve handled themselves well,” Avelar said of the infield. “But when Joe’s pitching, they just kind of watch.”

The Mack All-Stars will now travel to Rocklin for the NorCal State tournament, which gets under way on Saturday.

McKinleyville opens against Turlock.


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