Prior throws no-hitter as Wildcats beat the Warriors

Parker Prior has been impressing a lot of people with his performances for the Ferndale baseball team this spring and that continued to be the case once again on Saturday.

The standout sophomore was instrumental in both wins as the Cats swept a doubleheader from Hoopa, winning the first game 4-1 and taking game two 12-0 in five innings.

After finishing 1-for-2 with two RBIs in the opener, Prior took over on the mound in the second game and threw a five-inning complete-game no-hitter.

“He did a great job throwing strikes and keeping them off balance,” head coach Justin Andersen said. “And fielding his position.”

Prior, who struck out five, also didn’t allow any walks and faced just 16 batters all game, with just one Warrior reaching base.

He got plenty of help from his offense, with every player in the lineup hitting successfully.

Austin Michel and Tanner Pidgeon each finished 2-for-3 with a two RBIs, while Levi Dixon was 1-for-1 with two RBIs and Preston Langer was 2-for-3.

Pidgeon also was 1-for-3 with two RBIs in the opener, while Michel pitched six strong innings for the win on the hill.

Michel allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out seven, before Langer threw one strong inning to close out the game.

“I think our pitching was probably the difference in our performances today,” Andersen said.

The Cats defense also had a good day.

With the sweep, their second over Hoopa in league play, the Cats improved to 5-3 in the Little 4 and 6-4 overall.

Once again no stats were available for Hoopa, which dropped to 0-8 in league.

The Wildcats also defeated Potter Valley 20-5 on Thursday, with Pidgeon getting the win on the mound.

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