FHS teammates combine on no hitter

Published 9:36 am Friday, June 20, 2014

Franklinton’s Landon Magee and Austin Bradford combined to no hit Pope John Paul II in 13-2 five-inning victory Wednesday on the road in Northshore Summer League action.

Magee threw the first 4.2 frames, allowing two runs (both unearned) with eight strikeouts and four walks. Three of the base on balls occurred in the fifth.

Magee said he was just trying to get ahead in the count. He said once the Demons got to good lead, coach told him to start working on his offspeed pitches a little bit.

Magee said his fastball was working the best.

Magee said he found out he had it going around the fourth inning.

With Franklinton up 13-0 in the fifth, Magee ran into a little bit of a jam. He walked James Ramirez before Justin Loga reached on an error and then Steven Schmitt drew a walk. After a strikeout, Joe Riggio coaxed an RBI base on balls. Magee yielded to Austin Bradford, who finished things up after entering with the bases loaded.

Sean Price broke up the shutout with an RBI groundout to second to make it 13-1 and then Bradford got the next Pope John Paul II hitter to groundout to second to end the game.

Bradford said he didn’t know there was a no-hitter going.

“I guess because of that, no pressure,” Bradford said. “I just went out there and threw like normal. Landon did great at the start and they weren’t able to touch him.”

FHS coach Jeff Tageant said Magee pitched well and that Bradford did a good job in relief.

“His issue has been control and he filled the zone up,” Tageant said. “He didn’t walk, but a few. He had enough velocity to throw it by a lot of good high school hitters. Austin came in, did well and got us out of it.”

Offensively, Franklinton (6-0-1 at press time) continued to get great production up-and-down the lineup.

Trevor Jenkins continued to be a force at the top. Jenkins went 2-for-2 with two walks, a run batted in and three runs scored.

“When Josh (Magee) isn’t here, they’ve got to have somebody to do it, so they usually call on me to do it,” Jenkins said. “The one bunt I had for a hit and the two walks is just pitch selection, moving runners up, trying to score and win the game.”

Tageant said Jenkins has had a really really good summer.

“He’s hit some leadoff and he’s hit nine hole. We consider the nine hole like another leadoff spot,” Tageant said. “We’re real excited. Trevor played short and outfield tonight. This past year, he played second and right field for us. He’s versatile and he’s pitched well, so it’s nice to have a player that can do multiple things.”

Franklinton scored the game’s first 13 runs with 12 coming over the opening three innings.

Jenkins began the first by walking on an eight pitch at bat. Morgan Angelo, who went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, moved him to third with a double down the third-base line. After the first out, Johnathan Crain, who walked in all three plate appearances on four pitches every time, walked to load the bases. Magee drove in the first run by being hit and then Mack McElveen lifted a sacrifice fly to plate Angelo to make it 2-0.

The Demons broke it open in the second with six runs.

Bradford led off with a double. After the first out, Colin Dominguez, who recorded two hits and an RBI, singled pinch runner Austin Miller to third. Miller scored when Jenkins put down a bunt for a hit and a 3-0 cushion. Angelo hit a two-run single to second, plating Dominguez and Jenkins for a 5-0 lead. The ball got by the fielder and Angelo alertly moved to second. C.J. Estave and Crain walked to load the bases. Magee then hit a grounder to third.

The throw home was in time, but the throw to first for the double play was high and over first. Courtesy runner Logan Jordan along with Crain both tallied and it was 7-0. Courtesy runner J.J. Jackson later scored when McElveen reached on a miscue. It was 8-0 after two.

FHS tacked on four more in the third. Bradford walked and pinch runner Miller moved to second on a wild pitch. After the first out, Dominguez singled Miller home with the ninth run. Jenkins walked and then Angelo posted an RBI single, sending Dominguez to the plate for a 10-0 advantage. Estave then doubled home Jenkins for the 11-0 lead. After Crain walked, Magee coaxed an RBI walk, his second run batted in, and it was a 12-0 lead for FHS through three.

The Demons’ final run occurred in the fifth. Jackson walked before Trevor Davis forced him at second.

Cort McCullough reached on an infield single to third and Miller picked up an RBI with a single, which plated Davis to finalized FHS’ scoring.

Also for the Demons, Cameron Dominguez doubled in the fourth.

FHS played Covington, after press time.

The Demons have one regular season game left in varsity, at home against Northlake Christian School Wednesday.