M.V. no hits Batavia

BATAVIA, N.Y. – Sunday’s finale between the Batavia Muckdogs and the Mahoning Valley Scrappers was not supposed to be special, as it pinned two teams against each other that had no postseason hopes.

However, Scrappers pitchers Luis Gomez, Carlos Melo and Kerry Doane made sure the game was one for the record books.

For the second time in franchise history, Mahoning Valley pitching completed a game without allowing a hit, defeating Batavia 6-0.

Gomez, the starting pitcher, walked one and hit a batter with one out in the first inning, but a double play ended the Batavia threat. He went on to retire the next 16 batters, finishing with six no-hit innings, allowing just one walk and striking out eight Muckdogs.

In the seventh, Melo entered from the bullpen, throwing two more no-hit innings. He walked one and struck out two. Then in the ninth, Doane finished off the no-hit game.

Meanwhile, the Scrappers bats were doing just as well, highlighted by an RBI single from designated hitter James Roberts in the first, a homer from third baseman Grant Fink in the eighth and an RBI double from shortstop Paul Hendrix in the ninth.

The Scrappers are the 10th team in New York-Penn League history to be no hit and have a no hitter thrown against them in the same season.

The Scrappers now travel to Auburn for the final series of the season. First pitch for Monday’s game will be 7:05 p.m.