Alex Brasky | @BataviasBestHS
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 | BataviasBest.org
The weather in Western New York has finally broken, bringing springtime sun and beautiful game time conditions throughout the area over the past week. That being said, although the sunshine has awoken, the bats for local HS Baseball and Softball have yet to break out this season.
Since last Tuesday, there have been four no-hitters thrown by local pitchers, and many more low-scoring affairs throughout the area. I attribute this largely to the slow start to the schedule – which was due to the dull weather which we experienced for much of April. The lack of live game situations early in the year has undoubtedly played a part in more than one local program struggling to get things going at the plate.
However, an even larger factor that has played into the lack of offense on many occasions this year has been the incredible starting pitching which has graced the local baseball/softball scene in 2018.
Beginning with Cal-Mum’s Hannah Rubinrott, who hurled her no-hitter vs York on April 24, three other local starters have joined her amongst the elite.
Pembroke’s Zach von Kramer was the next area hurler to fire a no-no, striking out 13 in a win vs Notre Dame on April 27, who was then followed by fellow Dragon Allie Schwerthoffer, who no-hit Kendall through a five inning mercy rule win on April 30. She struck out eight.
Lastly, Oakfield’s Madi LaGrou became the fourth starting pitcher to hurl a no-hitter in 2018 with a strong effort vs Pembroke, during which she recorded nine strikeouts.
It wouldn’t be a shock if we saw a few more no-hit performances by the time the season comes to a close. Continue to tune in right here, along with @BataviasBestHS on Twitter for updates on the action. If you know of another no-hitter that has taken place this year within my coverage area, please feel free to let me know.