Joe Tanno threw a no-hitter in Sunday’s championship game at the Diamond Dash baseball tournament in Medford, as the Northern Humboldt Steelheads took home a pair of championship banners.
Tanno was one of several standouts for the 13U team, which went 4-0 at the tourney and racked up 55 runs on the way to the championship, defeating the Gasshouse Gang from Medford 11-0 in the championship game.
The 11U Steelheads also took home a championship, going 4-0 in their bracket and outscoring their opponents 70-14, including a 13-6 win over the Southern Oregon Generals in the championship game.
Tanno led a balanced team effort for the 13Us, who won with some strong pitching and plenty of offense all weekend.
Nine different Steelhead pitchers combined for 45 strikeouts over the four wins, including Hunter Carper, who threw six strong innings on Sunday on the way to the championship game.
Carper struck out 10 and walked two, with Kayden Williams also impressing in relief, striking out three straight to seal the win.
In the championship game, Tanno pitched six shutout hitless innings, striking out 12 and walking just one.
The Steelheads are now 12-4 on the season and will travel back to Medford for the three-day Memorial Weekend tournament.
The 11Us, meanwhile, got the weekend tourney off to a flying start, outscoring their opening two opponents 45-7 on Saturday to advance to the semifinals as the No. 2 seed.
In Sunday’s semifinal, Carson Hicks pitched a complete game and allowed just two hits in a 12-1 win over the Klamath Falls Junior Falcons.
The Steelheads took control of the game when Teoh Arredondo and Jake Brunner hit back-to-back home runs in the second inning.
Arredondo and Brunner each had three home runs over the two days, as the young Steelheads exploded for 70 runs and struck out just seven times in 133 at-bats.
Everett Gruetzmacher also had a home run, giving the team as many home runs as they had strikeouts in the the four games.
The Steelhead 9Us and 14U teams also competed over the weekend.