Londberg hurls no-no
Coming off his first career complete game against Pella, freshman pitcher Zach Londberg had a little something more in store for an encore on Tuesday night.
The Washington southpaw tossed a no-hitter against Mid-Prairie and got plenty of offensive support from the Demon batters, as they cruised to a 13-0 victory in five innings.
“It feels amazing,” Londberg said. “It was mostly the defense. I didn’t even know it was a no-hitter until after the game and they told me. I was focused on not leaving pitches down the middle and making them unhittable.”
Londberg struck out three batters in the game, and only allowed four base runners on three walks and a hit batsman, but the Washington defense was up to par, including a diving stop by second baseman Jacob Green to save a hit and potentially a run in the first inning.
“It’s a reflection of two teams,” Demon head coach Nathan Miller said. “Zach threw strikes and he did a good job of keeping the hitters off balance, and worked to the outside of the plate and had three strikeouts. Our defense really picked up when they put the ball in play. That was a true team no-hitter, but the credit goes to Zach who threw the no-no who, like all pitchers, are deserving credit.”
Tanner Knupp led off the bottom of the first inning with a walk for the Demons, and was driven home one batter later by Green.
In the second inning, the Demons picked up four runs, and in the third, a two-out rally brought five more runs, highlighted by a two-RBI double by Mason Quigley, as the Demon offense rolled in the game.
“Anytime you can get production out of the bottom of the order, you can score quite a few more runs,” Miller said. “If the eight or nine hitters get on base, it can set the table for the top of the lineup to come through. Tonight we had production all the way through. They got a hit or worked a walk, and worked the pitcher into tough counts. There were lots of little things we did an outstanding job on tonight.”
In the fourth inning, Londberg added to his cause, picking up his second hit of the season and first RBI with a double as Washington added three more runs in the inning.
Knupp reached base in every plate appearance on the night, going 2-for-2, with two walks and three runs scored.
Over Londberg’s last two games, he has pitched 12 innings, given up three runs (none earned), and struck out six while allowing six hits and six walks. He has yet to see a start against a conference opponent, but that could be changing soon.
“We just got two points toward district seeding,” Miller said. “Zach has thrown three really good ballgames for us against Mid-Prairie, Pella and Williamsbug, so he’s helping us earn points toward seeding. As far as conference goes, he’ll get a few starts coming up. Every game is as important to us focus-wise in trying to get momentum going. Thursday we can try to continue that with Fort Madison and go from there.”
Washington will travel to Fort Madison on Thursday for a conference doubleheader starting at 5:30 p.m..