Pirates make quick exit from district tournament Despite Colby Berg's five-inning no-hitter

Drew Central made a quick exit from its district tournament last week, losing to host Camden Harmony Grove 12-2, but not before Colby Berg threw a five-inning no-hitter against Rison.

Berg walked two, struck out four and was the recipient of a good defensive effort to notch the no-no.

“Colby pitched a great game and his team backed him defensively,” said head coach Michael Goad about the no-hitter. “We did not have any errors.”

The Pirates had a good day with the bat in their hands as well after scoring just two runs in the opening game of the tournament.

“Things really went our way at the plate,” Goad said of his team’s offensive effort. “Dustin Scott hit his third homerun in four games.”

Drew Central scored in every inning but the third to end the game by the mercy rule 10-0 after five innings were complete.

Scott went 2-for-2 with a walk and drove in three runs, two of which came on the homerun. The homer capped a three-run first inning for Drew Central that was started with a lead-off single from Austin Phillips.

Billy Wilmoth plated Phillips with a single of his own, then scored on Scott’s blast over the left field fence.

Phillips drew a two-out walk in the second inning. Hunter McCain followed with a triple to score Phillips, then came home on Chris Patrick’s single to give the Pirates a 5-0 lead after two.

Phillips and Wilmoth were both cut down at the plate to postpone a couple of Pirate runs in the fourth inning. Drew Central salvaged a scoring opportunity in the inning when Patrick singled and later scored on Scott’s second base hit of the game.

The Pirates put the game away in the fifth inning on run-scoring singles from Phillips and Patrick. McCain also drove in a run with a double in the final frame.

Drew Central earned a spot in the regional tournament with its performance during the season and the district tournament, but failed to make an impact, losing in the first round 7-2 to Gurdon April 25.

The Pirates never got the bats going, striking out 16 times at the plate while collecting only two hits.

Phillips and Patrick accounted for Drew Central’s hits against Gurdon.

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