Tucker's no-hitter helps 'Cats snap losing streak

Tyson Tucker


     A four-inning no-hitter tossed by Maquoketa Valley senior pitcher Tyson Tucker in a 12-1 win over Springville helped the Wildcats snap a six-game losing streak and sparked a sweep of a doubleheader.

     It was part of a two-week stretch in which MV went 2-6.

     The Wildcats (7-7, 7-9) traveled to Troy Mills to face second-ranked North Linn June 4, and lost 14-4 in five innings and 15-0 in four. MV had seven hits in the first game, led by Brock Hillers, who was 3-for-3. In the nightcap, MV was held without a hit.

     MV returned home to face Alburnett June 7 and lost by scores of 11-5 and 5-4. The Wildcats led the first game 5-1 through four innings, but the Pirates scored 10 over the final three innings. Norm Wilson was 3-for-4 with a double for MV. Starting pitcher Tyson Tucker took the loss.

     Alburnett’s five-run fourth inning was the difference in the second game. MV had seven hits; Cole Willenbring was 2-for-4. Heath Gibbs and Trent Koopman doubled.

     On June 11, MV lost both ends of a road doubleheader at Edgewood-Colesburg, by scores of 7-4 and 1-0. The Wildcats had 10 hits in the first game, including a 3-for-5 game for Hillers. Gibbs was 2-for-2 with a double. Wilson was the starting pitcher and was dealt the loss.

     MV had five hits in the second game, including a double by Trevor Elgin. Hillers pitched a two-hitter with seven strikeouts over six innings, but was saddled with the loss.

     The Wildcats played host to Springville in a June 14 doubleheader, and won 12-1 in four innings and 7-2. Tucker pitched a four-inning no-hitter in the first game, walking one and striking out 10. MV jumped to a 7-0 lead in the first inning, and led 11-1 after four. Tucker and Gibbs both went 2-for-3; Gibbs had two doubles and two runs batted in. Tucker drove in three runs, and Wilson knocked in two.

     An early lead helped pace the Wildcats in the second game as well, as they took a 5-0 lead through four innings. MV had just five hits, but took advantage of seven walks. Elgin pitched all seven innings for the win, striking out 10.



     On June 1-2, the Wildcats (5-5, 6-13) competed in the North Fayette Invitational, and lost four games. On Friday, they opened with an 11-1, five-inning loss to Lansing Kee, getting just two hits.

     Charles City then defeated MV 14-3 in five innings. MV had four hits in that one.

     Don Bosco of Gilbertville topped the Wildcats 15-3 in four innings on Saturday. MV had six hits; Hoeger was 2-for-2 and scored two runs.

     Against West Delaware, the ‘Cats lost 12-2 in six innings, getting four hits. Lahr was 2-for-2 with a double.

     MV then played six games last week, starting with a doubleheader at North Linn June 4, where the Wildcats lost 12-0 in three innings and 11-7. The ‘Cats were held without a hit in the first game. In the second game, MV rallied from a 7-1 deficit to get within a run, but couldn’t take over. Macy Hoeger went 3-for-4, while Tucker, Ries and Smith each had two hits. Ries had a triple.

     Back home against Alburnett June 7, MV lost 20-6 and 11-10. Olivia Hoeger and Westhoff each had two hits in the first game. In the second game, MV’s four-run rally in the seventh inning fell one run short. Olivia Hoeger was 2-for-3 with a double.

     The Wildcats then traveled to the Jesup Tournament June 8, where they split two games, losing to Crestwood 10-3 and beating South Winneshiek 9-8. MV had six hits in the Crestwood game; Macy Hoeger was 2-for-2. Ries had a double and two RBIs.

     A three-run sixth inning gave MV the winning runs in the South Winn game. The Wildcats had 10 hits; Macy Hoeger, Ries, Anderegg and Westhoff each had two of those. Beaman, pitching in relief of Knipper, worked two innings and got the win.


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