Baseball: Matthias Dietz fires two-hitter, leads Sandburg past Lincoln-Way Central
By Pat Disabato email@example.com April 16, 2013 7:56PM
Sandburg pitcher Matthias Dietz. | Allen Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 18, 2013 6:43AM
Sandburg pitcher Matthias Dietz needed just one out Tuesday to throw the first no-hitter of his still-blossoming career.
Lincoln-Way Central’s Lucas Jones, however, spoiled the celebration.
Jones lined a single into left field with two outs in the seventh inning to break up Dietz’s no-no.
Although the Knights pushed across a run later that inning, No. 6 Sandburg was able to chalk up a 6-1 SouthWest Suburban win in Orland Park.
“I was thinking about it (no-hitter) in the seventh inning,” said Dietz, a junior right-hander. “I tried to keep calm. He just squared it (a fastball) up.”
Dietz finished with a two-hitter and walked three, hit three batters and struck out two.
The Knights (7-5, 1-2) had chances to score runs in the first and fourth innings, but failed to produce the big hit. They stranded eight runners on the afternoon.
“He kept us off balance,” Central assistant coach Jason Helbling said. “He threw strikes and worked fast. We couldn’t figure him out until the last inning. We had an opportunity to get some momentum in the first inning but we didn’t capitalize.”
The Knights’ first two hitters of the game, Jones and Austin Korbel (1-for-4, RBI), reached on errors but did not cross home plate.
Sandburg (10-2, 2-1) countered in its half of the first without the benefit of a hit against Central starter Ryan Kahne. The Knights committed errors on grounders by Austin Cangelosi and Alec Nelson, which resulted in a 1-0 lead.
Sandburg tacked on two more runs in the third. Singles by Cangelosi and Dan Cronin to start the inning set the offense in motion. A bases-loaded walk to Alec Martinez made it 2-0 and an infield single by Dan Santiago extended the advantage to 3-0.
Sandburg took control with a three-run fourth that made it 6-0. Nelson’s two-run double to the left-center field gap and Matt Shimonis’ RBI single highlighted the frame.
The Eagles recorded just five hits on the day, with Shimonis notching two. But they did capitalize on the chances presented them, with the Knights committing four errors and their pitchers registering five walks.
“(Tuesday) was not a hitter’s day,” Sandburg coach Jim Morsovillo said. “Matthias pitched really well and we made the most of our opportunities.”
The first four batters in Sandburg’s order — Cangelosi, Cronin, Nelson and Shimonis — combined to reach base 11 times and score all six runs.
“They’ve been getting on base all year,” Morsovillo said.