Eagles’ Jarvis tosses no-no
HUBBARD — A first-pitch temperature of 43 degrees.
Then came the rain, the hail and finally the sun.
Despite everything that mother nature threw at both Hubbard and Brookfield, the one consistent factor was Evan Jarvis.
The Hubbard senior had good command of his fastball and curveball, so good that he tossed a 13-strikeout no-hitter as the Eagles got past the Warriors 16-1 in five innings.
“It was a cool feeling,” Jarvis said. “My fastball was working really well today. I located it well. I threw the curveball when I had to but didn’t really need it that much today. Since COVID, my junior season was canceled. I didn’t play in the summer, so it’s been a while, but I’m starting to finally feel like my old self again.”
Brookfield had no answers with just three base runners and its only run coming on an error when Ryan Murray couldn’t snag Connor Heater’s fly ball to center field.
“He actually hasn’t thrown in a while since earlier in the season,” Hubbard coach John Schiraldi said. “We’ve had some injuries and haven’t been able to move him around, get him on the mound as much as I want to.
“He’s got really good stuff obviously. You could see it today, when he has command and he’s in the zone, he is really hard to hit. I knew early when he was throwing strikes that he was going to be all right. He was going to have a good day.”
Jarvis though got some run support when Andrew Frank started the game off with a triple. Montgomery Hays walked Andew Kali and passed ball scored Frank to make it 1-0.
“He’s always our guy at the top of the order,” Schiraldi said. “When he gets on, good things happen. He’s a really good hitter. He’s got good pop for being a top-of-the-order guy. He had a home run earlier in the year. He’s got a lot of extra-base hits. He just creates havoc. Once he gets on, We’re in good shape.”
That they were.
After a Jarvis walk, Hays got Jake Hettrick to fly out to left. With Hayden Fox up, a pass ball put Jarvis and Kali and second and third.
Fox hit into a force out to score Kali. Joe Langley’s infield single and an ensuing throwing error made it 4-0. Ian Wukelich’s infield single ended the scoring at 5-0 after one.
Brookfield held Hubbard to one run in the bottom of the second on Hettrick’s double that scored Kali.
Though, the Eagles exploded in the bottom of the third with just four hits, but those four hits drove in 10 runs as Hubbard brought 13 batters to the plate.
Jarvis’s three-run double was the big hit of the inning making it 11-0.
Frank put the exclamation point on the game as his single to center field brought in two more to make it 16-0.
The Warriors had five errors in the inning, which essentially put the game out of reach after three innings, especially with the way Jarvis was pitching.
“He threw hard,” Brookfield coach Robert Trudo said. “He had good command. He threw strikes. That’s the most important thing. For us, it’s a little bit up for us (in terms of competition). Not making excuses or anything, but for us it’s a little up, and we like to play tougher competition at times, just to see where we’re at. It’s a learning experience for us. I can see where we need work. I’m not making excuses. You have to learn how to play the game. I’m going to take my lumps. It’s as simple as that.”
The Warriors play 10 sophomores and two freshmen.
“I call my sophomores redshirt freshmen because of COVID,” Trudo said. “We didn’t play last year. Two juniors. We’re going to take our lumps.”
For Hubbard, they seem to be finding some consistency at the plate after losing five games on a trip to Tennessee against strong competition.
“We’ve been swinging it pretty good the last few games,” Schiraldi said. “When you get base runners, top to bottom, even the guys at the bottom were hitting well and getting on base. Albert had a couple hits. Wuke had a couple hits, Ryan in the nine spot. When those guys get it going and turn it over to the top, we’re in business. We got some guys who can do some damage.
“Early in the year, we lost four games on walk-off hits,” he added. “It’s been a lot of close games. We’re starting to turn the corner now. It was three in a row now, and then we dropped one on Saturday. We scored a bunch of runs against Ursuline. The offense has been clicking. We’ve started to get rolling now a little bit.”