CORY ISENBERG and ERIC KNOPSNYDER
Brent Bonvillain and John DeArmond of New Orleans combined for a no-hitter in the Louisiana squad’s 12-0 victory over Philadelphia in seven innings Monday at Fichtner field.
Bonvillain and Dearmond joined a rather exclusive AAABA club.
They are only the second twosome in the tournament’s 67-year history to throw a no-hitter, joining Joe Kerrigan and Charles Porter of Baltimore, who had a 20-0 win over Newark in 1973.
Bonvillain pitched the first six innings, allowing just three baserunners – two on walks and one on an error – while striking out eight.
DeArmond pitched a perfect seventh inning in the Boosters’ mercy-rule shortened victory.
Bonvillain needed just 77 pitches to mow through Philadelphia’s lineup 21/3 times.
“He didn’t sign at LSU for no reason,” New Orleans manager Bill Babin said. “He’s got three pitches that he can throw for strikes. ... When you can throw multiple pitches for strikes on command, you’re going to be tough to beat, especially when you’re a southpaw.”
Despite the low pitch count and the possibility for a no-hitter, Bonvillain said he had no problem turning the game over to DeArmond for the final inning.
“I’m more than willing to give it up to John DeArmond,” the 20-year-old from Houma, La., said. “He’s a great pitcher. He did his thing and he stopped them.”
Delweld’s Drew Shaulis had been the most recent pitcher to throw a no-hitter. He did it in 2009 in a 4-1 victory over Martella’s Pharmacy, the first time in the AAABA Tournament that a no-hitter was pitched while giving up a run.
The other no-hitters include: Bob Grossman of Washington (8-0 over Maryland State in 1969); Howie Stethers of Washington (8-0 over Baltimore in 1960); Arnold Umbach of Birmingham (5-0 over Johnstown Hahn Packing in 1960); and Hugh Waln of Washington (1-0 over Johnstown Lincoln Street Garage in 1950).
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