SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — Shawnee sophomore Trevor Anderson was unhittable for four innings.
But when his pitch count rose to 71, he was done for the day.
That gave Findlay a chance to take a three-inning look at the Shawnee bullpen.
Findlay went on to post an 8-5 non-league baseball win over Shawnee on Friday at Shawnee.
Findlay is 4-1, while Shawnee is 2-2.
Shawnee led 4-0 after four innings behind the no-hit pitching of Anderson. Findlay came back with two runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth to take a 6-4 lead.
Findlay’s Dietrich Hinesman lined a three-run double down the left-field line to give Findlay the lead to stay 6-4 in the top of the sixth.
The right-handed Anderson was making his first appearance of the year for the Indians. Over four innings, he didn’t yield a hit, but walked five and struck out six. He threw 71 pitches, 34 for strikes.
For Shawnee coach Scott Newman, that was enough.
“We knew that was his last inning we weren’t going to risk it,” Newman said. “He had a no-hitter going and that made it a little bit tougher, but he’s a sophomore. We were thinking 60-to-65 (pitches), but we let him go a little bit longer than that.”
Shawnee had Findlay starter right-hander Anthony Tong in trouble in the first inning, but didn’t knock him out. Tong walked Zack Peake and Cory Wilder. Tyler Anderson drilled a two-run double into right-center field to give the Indians a 2-0 lead. They made it 3-0 in the first on Zach Bailey’s sacrifice fly to center.
Tong settled in after that and began getting ahead in the count with his fastball and big, looping breaking ball. Tong ended up throwing a complete game, giving up five runs, four earned, on three hits. He struck out eight and walked four. Tong threw 107 pitches, 68 for strikes.
“Early he couldn’t get anything over but the fastball. I didn’t think he was going to last three innings,” Findlay coach Jeff Stutzman said. “He settled down and started working ahead. He got better as as he went and a lot of credit to him.”
Peake came on for Trevor Anderson in the fifth and gave up two unearned runs to get Findlay within 4-2.
In the sixth, Findlay’s Brad Johnson had an RBI single to make it 4-3. With the bases loaded and two outs, Justin Fullom came on for Shawnee to face Hinesman, Findlay’s No. 3 hitter.
On an 1-0 pitch, Hines lined the three-run double into the corner to give the Trojans a 6-4 lead.
“I was watching him warm-up and he throws a little sidearm and has a solid curveball so I knew I had to jump on him early in the count,” Hinesman said. “I got a fastball at 1-0 and was able to take it down the left-field line. I was really happy.”
Hinesman finished the game going 1 for 3 with four RBIs. Nick Bowden entered the game in the fifth for Findlay and went 3 for 3.
Bailey hit a solo home run for Shawnee to bring the Indians within 6-5 in the sixth. Findlay added to more in the seventh to make it 8-5. It was Bailey’s second RBI.
Peake took the loss, as he gave up six runs, three earned, in 1 2/3 innings.
Senior Tyler Anderson, who was scheduled to start the game, went 1 for 2 with a two-run double. He left the game in the sixth inning because of the flu.
Newman felt there was no way he would let Trevor Anderson get hurt by throwing any more pitches. But letting a 4-0 lead in the fourth get away was hard to take.
“Unfortunately, we let one slip away,” Newman said. “There’s no doubt about that. That should sting.”