ELIDA — Eilda’s Noah Adcock had made only one trip to the mound prior to Saturday.
So he made this appearance one to remember.
Adcock fired a 5-0 no-hitter in Elida’s non-league victory over Spencerville on Saturday morning at Ed Sandy Field.
Then, just about 30 minutes after the victory, Defiance brought Elida quickly back to earth with an 11-1, seven-inning win in a Western Buckeye League game.
Elida is 9-9, 3-4 in the WBL. Spencerville is 7-6.
Defiance is 14-1, 5-1 WBL. Defiance meets Wapakoneta (8-0 WBL) Tuesday at Defiance. Wapak has already clinched at least a share of the title.
“He (Adcock) located it pretty well today,” Elida coach Todd Grapner said. “He kept it down in the zone. It was a great outing. And he threw it (the breaking ball) for strikes today.’’
Adcock, normally the Bulldogs’ shortstop, kept his fastball low in the strike zone and threw plenty of breaking balls for strikes. He struck out seven and walked three.
The junior threw 99 pitches, 64 for strikes.
“I never had a no-hitter before,” Adcock said. “I never pitched much before.”
The right-hander walked Brady Nolan to start the seventh. Nolan then stole second.
Adcock then got Zach Ringwald to pop out to second. Hunter Stephen flew out to left.
Adcock struck out Treshawn Jones on a 1-2 pitch, but the ball nose-dived into the dirt. Elida catcher Jordan Davis threw to first for the final out to complete the no-hitter.
“I just told myself (entering the seventh) I had to get three outs,” he said. “I had to keep doing what I was doing. I was throwing a curveball for strikes and I had a change-up I threw a few times for strike three.’’
Adcock said he began thinking of the no-hitter the last few innings.
“I started to feel it about the fifth inning,” he said.
At the plate, Adcock was 2 for 2 with two walks and two stolen bases. He also had an RBI. Luke Burger had a double and two stolen bases.
In his only other start, Adcock (2-0) picked up a complete-game win over Celina, in which he gave up three runs.
“Noah’s been in our rotation, but with the weather this year, we just haven’t been able to get that deep into it,” Grapner said. “He certainly is a good option. He was fantastic today.’’
In was Elida’s second no-hitter of the year, as sophomore Luke Burger threw a five-inning, no-hitter against Leipsic.
In Elida’s second game of the day, Defiance thumped the ball in the first inning, banging out six runs on seven hits.
“Today we stung the ball in that first inning,” Defiance coach Tom Held said. “We had a lot of line shots and really had some good AB’s (at-bats). Hitting is contagious. It’s been good for us the last two nights.’’
Defiance leadoff hitter J.D. McNett singled and stole second to start the game. He came home on an RBI double by shortstop Rodriguez.
Javen Newton’s RBI double made it 2-0. Jackson Meter followed with an RBI single and Defiance led 3-0.
Logan Andonian’s RBI single pushed the margin to 4-0. Andonian later scored from third on a throwing error by the Elida catcher to make it 5-0.
McNett picked up his second hit of the inning, an RBI single, and it was 6-0 in the first.
That was it for Elida starter Josh Howard, who lasted one inning and gave up six runs, five earned, on seven hits.
Davis came on and pitched well until he tired in the seventh. He went 5 2/3 innings and gave up five runs, four earned. Three of the five runs he gave up came in the seventh inning.
Davis threw 95 pitches, 52 for strikes. He struck out five and walked six, including four in the seventh.
Mitchell Spencer picked up the win, going 5 2/3 innings and giving up one run, earned, on two hits. He struck seven and walked one.
Spencer threw his fastball and change-up for strikes. He threw 73 pitches, 48 for strikes.
“For Mitchell, his change-up is his best pitch. He has to establish that early,” Held said. “When he gets the change-up and the breaking ball over, he’s really tough to hit. He really settled in after that first inning.’’
For Defiance, McNett was 2 for 4 with two RBI. Newton was 2 for 2 with a double and an RBI. Meter was 2 for 3 with an RBI.
Blayne Robinson went 2 for 3 with a triple.
For Elida, Adcock went 2 for 4. Luke Burger was 1 for 3 with an RBI.
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