Photo Gallery | Fick throws no-hitter to lead Post 68 to win
PITTSFIELD — Pittsfield Post 68 starter Sam Fick wasn't sure if he had a no-hitter going or not, but the former Pittsfield General was not planning on allowing a hit anyway.
Fick mowed through the Longmeadow lineup on Thursday, striking out seven in five innings for the no-hit shutout, a 12-0 victory for Post 68. The win avenged a regular season loss to Longmeadow and sets up a matchup tonight against Westfield Post 124 at 5:30 at Clapp Park.
"I wasn't sure what they scored Shane Tierney's play in the first inning, so I was just pitching like it was nothing-nothing every inning. I just kept on throwing the way I usually throw," Fick said.
Fick relied on his fastball throughout, consistently hitting his spots on both sides of the plate. Two of his seven strikeouts caught the batter looking. Only one came from his curveball.
Post 68 coach Pat Bassi said Fick's accuracy was the biggest difference between the previous meeting with Longmeadow.
"I told [Fick] before the game that the reason we lost to them before is because our pitchers missed a lot of spots," he said. "There was a lot of opportunities where we had somebody 0-2, 1-2 and we used a lot of pitchers that game. Every one of them missed spots and they took advantage of that.
"I told [Fick] all you have to do is get ahead and hit your spots."
Coming off a 14-run performance Wednesday against Wilbraham, Post 68's offense picked up where it left off. They scored all their runs in two innings with a five-run first and a seven-run fourth, respectively.
Chad Shade started the scoring, drawing a leadoff walk, stealing second and coming home on a throwing error. Matt Koperniak followed with an RBI triple. He scored on Matt Schneider's sacrifice fly and Abdiel Cotto-Hernandez drew a bases-loaded walk for the final run of the inning.
Post 68 used six hits and three walks to break the game open in the fourth. Tierney's two-run triple and Koperniak two-run single were the big blows of the inning. Koperniak led the offense with three hits and four RBI. Patrick Colvin and Shade each had two hits and one RBI.
Since the loss to Longmeadow, Post 68's played much better baseball. The defeat came during a stretch of eight games in seven days, but the team has reeled off nine wins in a row since.
Bassi said the team's benefitted from a less compact schedule and team chemistry is improving as well. Shade added that the improved play has boosted the team's morale as well.
"[It's] a little later in the year and it helps that we're playing good ball right now," he said. "We came out firing. Sam threw strikes, pounded the zone and did a great job for us.
"You can feel it on the bench. We're energetic, we're into the game every single inning. It's definitely good for us as a team to have that upbeat feeling."
Matt Walthouse (3 2/3), n/a (1/3) and Craig Conklin. Sam Fick and Matt Schneider. W — Fick. L — Walthouse. 3B — P 2 (Matt Koperniak, Shane Tierney).
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