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Stuerman pitches Hinton past West Sioux

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

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Hinton's Adam Struve connects for a hit during play against West Sioux on Tuesday evening in Hinton.
Pitch counts can be an unfortunate reality of the early baseball season.

Hinton senior Tyler Stuerman's no-hit bid fell victim to his pitch count, but he still earned the win with five innings of 11-strikeout, no-hit baseball in the Blackhawks' 9-0 win over visiting West Sioux on Tuesday at home.

"I told him it was just like the Yankees, only I didn't wait for the other team to get a hit," Hinton coach Steve Diediker joked. "He reached his pitch count."

Hinton improves to 1-1 on the season and will host Lawton-Bronson - the team that eliminated the Blackhawks in the first round of last season's Class 2A district tournament - on Thursday.

"It's close and it's fun playing them," Diediker said. "We see them in the tournament anyway, so this way we can check each other out earlier in the season."

Hinton jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third inning as Lathen Hasler drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk and Seth Butler followed with an RBI single.

The Blackhawks added two more in the fourth thanks to a two-run single from Justin Held before scoring two in the fifth on an RBI groundout by Brady Schindel and an RBI single by Adam Struve.

Hinton completed the scoring with three runs in the sixth as Morgan Wenzel had an RBI groundout and Schindel added an RBI single.

Held, Butler and Schindel each finished with a pair of hits.

Nolan Field pitched the final two innings and struck out three.

Diediker was pleased with the defensive effort turned in by his club.

"There were fewer chances (for errors) because of strikeouts, but that's the way we expect ourselves today," he said.



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