Joey Muscarnera retired the first nine batters he faced, as he and Preston Fullington combined to start off Sumner’s 3A West Central/Southwest bi-district consolation game against North Thurston with a no-hitter through five innings pitched in the Spartans’ eventual 5-3 victory over the Rams at Auburn Mountainview High School. Sumner faces Shelton, an 8-5 winner over Wilson, at 1 p.m. Saturday at Heidelberg Park, in a loser-out contest.
Already with a 5-0 lead after two innings, thanks to RBI hits from Johnny Staley and Gage Whitehead, Sumner (17-6) tagged Rams starter Hunter Nielsen for four earned runs on seven hits over two innings.
In the sixth, the Rams had four of their six hits. Josh Congdon and Noah Murski led off the inning with back-to-back singles, later scoring to make it 5-3.