The Manchester baseball team started their TRC campaign in grand fashion Wednesday. Connor McLaughlin threw a no hitter and the Squires pounded out 12 hits for a 10-0 win over Southwood.
In the first innng, Southwood’s Robbie Cole was hit by a pitch with two outs, but McLaughlin forced a ground ball to get out of the inning. With two outs in the bottom of the inning Logan Brunn doubled, but pitcher Tim Duell returned the favor getting a grounder to make it a scoreless first inning.
McLaughlin dominated in the second, striking out two of the three outs. With two outs in the bottom of the inning the Squires would erupt. Justin Lewis and Cody Harlan drew back to back walks. Grant Schuler then singled home Lewis for the first Squire run. With runners on first and third, Payton Sorg singled in a run, 2-0. Caleb Thomas then reached on an error and the third run scored, 3-0. Logan Brunn would then singled to score run number four, 4-0. McLaughlin would drive in the fifth run with a double and was followed by a Jim Sainsbury walk to load the bases. Jurgin Cripe came through with a single to drive in a pair of runs and the Squires led 7-0 before the dust settled.
In the third, Tim Duell walked and was bunted to second by Kyle Weaver, but the Knights failed to capitalize. In the bottom of the inning Harlan started by reaching on a Knight error. Sorg doubled with one out to out runners on second and third and with two outs Brunn singled home both runners, 9-0.
Neither team would score in the fourth. The Squires had two runners on when Knight second baseman Nathan Hollars stabbed a Payton Sorg line drive to end the inning.
Mclaughlin would strike out all three batters in the top of the fifth to set up the bottom. Thomas and Miller walked back to back. Evan Milam pinch ran for Thomas. The Knights decided to change pitchers and go to Colin Gouveia. Gouveia forced McLaughlin in to a fielders choice and the Squires had runners on first and third. Jim Sainsbury then reached on a Knight error which scored Milam to force the ten run rule, 10-0.
Connor McLaughlin pitched a no hitter, striking out 9, walking 1 and hitting 1.