Although pitchers Gjon Ljucovic
of Pelham (N.Y.)
and Josh Hader
of Old Mill (Millersville, Md.)
have never met, they shared a common theme and common fate Tuesday.
Both were involved in "shared" no-hitters earlier this month. Both pitched their own complete-game, no-hit gems yesterday.
Ljucovic, who was pulled by his coach, Brian Leighton, just three outs shy of a possible no-hitter on April 3, struck out 13 and walked three in leading Pelham to a 4-0 win against Saunders (Yonkers, N.Y.) at Glover Field.
Since being restricted to 102 pitches and six innings in his first varsity start against White Plains (N.Y.) in early April, the junior righthander Ljucovic (3-0) has thrown a complete-game six-hitter in beating Dobbs Ferry (N.Y.), and felled Saunders with his no-no on 92 pitches.
"It was funny because (Ljucovic) was kidding with us late in the game about staying in and completing (the no-hitter)," Leighton told MaxPreps. "But with a low pitch count, it was a pretty easy decision for Jack (assistant coach Plunkett) and I. Two no-hitters in three varsity starts is pretty impressive."
So is the roll that Hader is on. The Old Mill senior lefthander has allowed no runs and no hits while striking out 28 and walking only four in his last two starts. Old Mill coach Jeff Martin had lifted Hader (7-0) after six innings and 91 pitches of no-hit ball last Friday against Southern (Harwood, Md.) before turning him loose for the complete-game no-hitter on Tuesday against Severna Park (Md.). He threw 103 pitches.
"We actually only wanted Josh to throw 40 or 50 pitches last Friday but we were in a 0-0 game going into the fifth," Martin explained. "We scored seven runs in the fifth with two outs, and Josh pitched the sixth, and then we brought in a reliever to finish it out. He was originally scheduled to pitch today (Wednesday) but with the rainout on Monday we decided to start him yesterday with three day's rest."
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