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Union/Cove’s Dalton Opie scores around Elgin catcher Jordan Vermillion in the Bobcats’ Game 1 victory over the Huskies Monday in Union. Chris Baxter/The Observer
Coon pitches no-hitter, Poor strikes out 17 as Union/Cove sweeps rival Elgin
by Casey Kellas/The Observer
UNION — The Union/Cove baseball team got off to a hot start in Special District 7 play Monday.
The Bobcats rode strong starts by Ty Coon — who pitched his first career no-hitter, and Kaleb Poor, who struck out 17 — to sweep the Huskies 8-0, 6-0.
“I’m really pleased with both pitching performances. Both pitchers did great,” Union/Cove head coach Greg Poor said.
“We got two big league wins, and that’s right where we want to be.”
Game 1 was all about the play of Coon.
The junior allowed just three runners on base, finished with 13 strikeouts and even added a two-run homerun of his own in the sixth inning.
“My fastball and just working outside,” Coon said of what was working.
“I was just relaxed and knew I had my teammates behind me.”
Coon finished 2-for-4 at the plate, scored two runs and had two stolen bases.
But Coon’s big hit was the long ball in the sixth, his third homer of the year.
“It was a fastball outside. I had no idea (it was going out) until I was halfway to second base,” Coon said.
Brax Anderson and Poor both added two hits, including an RBI single apiece, and Brazen Wellington, Dalton Opie, Cody Vanderzanden, Chris Ross and Jaiden Moore all had one hit in the victory.
Steven Flippo finished with six strikeouts in a complete-game effort for the Huskies.
Poor two-hits Huskies
Elgin didn’t have to face Coon in Game 2, but it didn’t get any easier as Poor brought his best stuff to the park Monday.
Poor allowed just two hits, struck out 17 and was able to work out of a couple trouble situations.
“The fastball, curveball, just throwing strikes,” Poor said of his success on the mound. “Once you get in a groove it’s just kind of sticking with it.”
The Bobcats used a four-run first inning to give Poor some breathing room.
An RBI single by Anderson in the second inning added to the lead before Justin Graves scored on a wild pitch in the fifth inning to round out the scoring.
Anderson finished the game 2-for-4.
Jordan Vermillion and Gage Little had Elgin’s two hits.
Despite the pair of losses for the Huskies, head coach Greg Luse found some silver lining for his young squad.
“I’m proud of the boys. They didn’t get 10-ran, they hung with Union. Limit the walks, a couple errors and we’re right in that game.”
Elgin is now 1-7 overall this season and 0-2 in district. The Huskies go to face McLoughlin Tuesday. The 4A Pioneers (7-1) are ranked seventh at 4A.
Union/Cove is 5-6 overall and 2-0 in district.
The Bobcats host Pine Eagle April 12 for a doubleheader.