NEW CASTLE —
Travis Brumbaugh has been untouchable lately.
The Wilmington junior followed up a one-hitter in his start last weekend with a no-hitter yesterday in a 5-0 District 10, Region 2-AA road win over Mercer.
Brumbaugh needed only 73 pitches to strike out 10 and walk two in his complete-game gem.
“Travis threw a masterful no-hitter,” Wilmington coach Garett Malinak said. “He has been great on the mound and I am so happy for him to accomplish this. He was fantastic for us.”
Derek Nichols registered two hits with three RBIs, while Jimmy Pitzulo and Josh Fleegle added a pair of hits.
Frank Fraschetti was stellar on the hill for Neshannock.
Fraschetti tossed a complete-game gem for the Lancers in a WPIAL Section 5-AA road win over Shenango.
Fraschetti (6-0) allowed two hits and one earned run. He walked three and struck out eight.
“Fraschetti was awesome,” Neshannock coach Mike Kirkwood said. “Shenango hit the ball pretty well, we just made the plays.”
Neshannock (7-0, 11-0) is ranked No. 1 in the WPIAL in Class AA by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Wildcats coach Mike Othites noted the difficulty his team had against Fraschetti.
“Fraschetti threw a great game,” Othites said. “They made good plays behind him; they’re a good team.
“He showcased his skills. We had guys on but he kept us at bay.”
Ernie Burkes and Mark Clause notched two hits each for Neshannock. Clause slugged a solo homer in the sixth inning as well.
“I think we hit the ball better than we have the last few games,” Kirkwood said. “Our outfield has been playing tremendously, too.”
Evan Kendall (2-2) took the loss. Kendall went the distance, giving up eight hits and four earned runs with a walk and three strikeouts.
The Lancers completed the first half of section play in first place in the section by 1 1/2 games. Riverside (6-2, 7-3) opened the second half of section play by routing Ellwood City yesterday, 10-0.
“It’s nice to finish undefeated in the first half,” Kirkwood said. “It’s important for us to have that edge going into the second half of section play.”
The Wildcats (4-2, 5-4) are holding down the third and final playoff berth out of the section by a half game over Ellwood City Lincoln (4-3, 7-5).