Myles Standish pitched a five-inning no-hitter at Fortuna on Wednesday with a performance both head coaches described as exceptional.
“That was the most dominant pitching performance I have ever witnessed (at the varsity level) in nine years as a coach,” said Eureka head coach Jeff Giacomini, whose team won 12-0.
The Eureka junior struck out 11 of the 17 batters he faced and threw just 47 pitches, while walking no one and allowing just two batters reach base all day, both on hit-by-pitches.
It was his second no-hitter for the Loggers.
“It was extremely efficient. It was phenomenal to see,” Giacomini said.
“Standish was exceptional today,” Fortuna head coach Andy Olsen said. “Just his control. I think he only threw four balls all day and he kept us off balance with his curve ball. He was very good today.”
According to Giacomini, Standish “works his butt off every day and buys into it.”
The win was the ninth straight for the red-hot Loggers, who improved to 7-0 in the Big 5 and 11-6 overall.
And the improvement this young team has shown this spring has impressed the head coach.
“This might be the best team I have ever coached at the varsity level,” he said. “We have come so far from where we started. We work hard every day and improve every day as a team.”
The development of several young players has been key to the team’s success, most notably freshman catcher Michael Jewell, who has taken over behind the plate and has freed up junior Rogan Bode — the teams best infielder, according to the head coach — to play shortstop.
Senior third baseman Jackson Giacone, senior second baseman Richard Reeves — whom the coach describes as the team’s most improved player this season — and junior first baseman Caden Vance round out a very good infield that is firing on all cylinders right now.
“From where we were to where we are now, it’s just night and day,” Giacomini said.
And Wednesday’s performance by his team was a coach’s dream, he said.
“Our pitching was great, our defense was great, we hit with runners in scoring position, we bunted,” he said. “Everything just seemed to go our way.”
Fortuna’s Cole Ayala, Cayden Danbrauskas and Rogan Gans all saw time on the mound in the loss.
“Our kids battled, and I was pleased with our pitchers,” Olsen said
With the loss, the Huskies dropped to 4-3 in the Big 5 and 11-5 overall.
The two teams will close out a three-game series later in the week, most likely on Friday.
Giacomini credited assistant coaches Tommy Gale, Shannon Rodgers and Kennan Snipes for helping his team’s development this spring and described them as the “best in the business.”
“No matter what happens in the next couple of weeks, I could not be happier with where we are as a program,” Giacomini said.