This is how you open league play.
Michael Toglia – in his first game batting leadoff – opened the game with a home run.
And on the mound, the UCLA signee didn’t allow a hit in five innings, combining with Alex Harrison to toss a no-hitter in the Gig Harbor High School baseball team’s 5-0 win over Bellarmine Prep in the Tides’ 4A Narrows League opener on Monday.
Gig Harbor coach Pete Jansen pulled Toglia after he had thrown 86 pitches in five innings. He walked two batters.
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The left-hander struck out 11 before Harrison, who throws right handed, continued the no-hit bid from there, utilizing a "nasty 12-6 curveball," Jansen said.
Toglia was 1 for 3 at the plate with his homer and scored two runs. Cameron MacIntosh was 2 for 4 with a triple and two RBIs and Colton Robinson hit a double.
Toglia, a 6-foot-4 senior, normally bats third but Jansen said he decided to employ the philosophy from Gig Harbor’s 1997 state title team – let your best hitter hit first.
Gig Harbor (3-3, 1-0 4A Narrows) entered the game after a two-game nonleague losing skid with losses against Central Kitsap and Rogers.
Sumner 6, Rogers 1: How about one more no-hitter?
Rogers scored, but oddly enough didn’t record a hit as Sumner’s Colton Borg, Elijah Evers and Gabe Smith combined to throw a no-hitter in the Spartans’ nonleague win.
Borg walked three batters and hit four, but didn’t allow a hit in the first two innings – though Rogers’ Troy Johnston drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the second inning.
That cut Sumner’s lead to 2-1. Evers entered and pitched three perfect innings of relief and Smith finished the game with two more no-hit innings, though he walked one batter.
Tyson Rainwater hit two doubles and drove in two runs for the Spartans, which pushed its lead to 4-1 with a two-run fourth inning before adding one run in the fifth and another in the seventh.
Sumners’ Ben Wilson hit a double and scored two runs.
Bonney Lake 12, Bethel 4: The Panthers turned a three-run deficit into an eight-run victory with 11 runs in the sixth and seventh innings to rally for the nonleague victory.
Matthew Gretler was 2 for 5 with a triple and an RBI and Robby Pogue added two hits, including a double, and an RBI for Bonney Lake (6-1, 2-0 3A SPSL).
Mike Asahara was 2 for 4 with two doubles for Bethel, which led 4-1 after the fifth inning before Bonney Lake scored six runs in the top of the sixth and five runs in the seventh.
Wilson 10, Mount Tahoma 0: Mark Jones had two hits batting leadoff and Brenden jones and Thomas Jacobs combined to allow one hit in the Rams’ five-inning shutout win.
Wilson scored six runs in the top of the fifth inning and Jacobs finished the game out in relief for the 3A Narrows League win.
Wilson 3, Lincoln 0: Anei Yel scored the first goal and assisted on the second as the Rams cruised to the shutout victory over the Abes in 3A Narrows League play.
Yel, a junior forward, scored on an assist from goalkeeper Alek Greenleaf in the 12th minute. Then he hit Jayson Ray for a goal in the 28th minute to put Wilson up 2-0.
Greenleaf recorded the shutout in goal with four saves as Wilson (3-2-0; 3-1-0 3A Narrows) earned its third consecutive victory.