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NH’s Burdin fires no-hitter as Cougars improve to 9-2

One afternoon removed from being no-hit at Jeffersonville, North Harrison’s baseball team returned the favor against host Lanesville last Wednesday at Ed Jaegers Memorial Field.
Scott Burdin made a memorable first start of the season as he threw seven innings of no-hit baseball in the Cougars’ 9-0 shutout.
The Cougars got all the runs they’d need in the top of the first when Doug Martin reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second and went to third when the out attempt went into center field. Gary Fessel walked and stole second, allowing Martin to score on the throw home. Shanon Miller singled in Fessel for a 2-0 lead after one inning.
In the third, Greg Hamilton walked with two outs and Winchell drove him in with an RBI single.
Doug Martin had an RBI single to right field in the top of the fourth, driving in Culbertson, who had walked and stole second. Burdin walked, Martin was hit by a pitch, Fessel walked and Shanon Miller recorded a sacrifice RBI.
In the bottom of the seventh, Matt Kiesler went to right field as a defensive substitution and saved Burdin’s no-no by making a miraculous diving catch and a split-second later, collided with center field replacement Matt Jones.
On Thursday, North Harrison knocked off Mid-Southern Conference foe Brownstown, 7-3.
Culbertson earned his third win of the season in the outing.
“Joel pitched and did a nice job throughout the game. When he got into trouble, he worked his way out of it,” North coach Danny Schmidt said. “To beat them on the road in a big conference game was obviously a great win for us.”
On Monday, the Cougars smashed another M.S.C. opponent, Charlestown (4-9), 26-4.
Burdin picked up his second win of the season.
Hamilton had two doubles and a homer and Miller and Martin each added two-baggers of their own as well. Gary Fessel added his name to the long-ball statistic by smashing a round-tripper.
North padded its stats behind a 10-run third inning that blew the game wide open.
Martin was 3-5 with five runs and three RBI, Ty Rothrock was 3-4 with four runs and five RBI, Hamilton was 3-3 with two runs and seven RBI and Fessel’s lone hit was a homer and he was plated twice with three RBI. Culbertson was 1-1 with four runs scored, Miller was 2-3 with two runs and three RBI, Burdin was 2-3 with one run and one RBI, Tim Rothrock was 2-3 with a run and an RBI and Anthony Milburn went 1-2 with a run and a RBI.
The Cougars are now 9-2 and a perfect 5-0 in conference play.