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Nearly a no-no for Torrey Pines

05/16/2015, 5:57pm PDT
By John Maffei

Falcons pitcher allows scratch single with two outs in seventh inning

Torrey Pines pitcher Josh Sydney (shown in an earlier game) allowed just one hit in Saturday's 5-0 win over Canyon Crest.

If it hadn’t rained for two days. If the usually rock-hard infield hadn’t been softened, Josh Sidney might have been celebrating a no-hitter Saturday afternoon.

Instead, the Torrey Pines junior right-hander had to settle for a one-hitter when Jacob Sclar’s full-swing infield roller with two outs in the seventh inning went for a hit.

Sidney finished with a one-hitter in a 5-0 Palomar League win over Canyon Crest, a win that gives the No. 9-ranked Falcons (20-8-1, 11-3) a half-game lead over Rancho Bernardo (21-6, 10-3).

Third baseman Jake Singer charged, fielded Sclar’s ball cleanly and made a strong throw. Sclar was safe by a step.

“If the infield was harder, maybe the ball bounces higher and gets to Singer quicker,” said Torrey Pines coach Kirk McCaskill. “You don’t get many chances — at any level — so you hate to see it slip away.”

McCaskill pitched for 12 years in the big leagues and had two one-hitters, losing a no-hitter in the ninth in 1989 with the Angels when Nelson Liriano of the Blue Jays doubled.

“That really was my ball,” Sidney said of Sclar’s tapper. “But I was trying to gas it up and fell off to the first-base side, and took myself out of the play.

“I’ve never had a no-hitter at any level. Not even Little League.”

Sidney, whose fastball sits at 83-84 mph and touches 87, struck out the side in the first inning. That’s when he said he knew he had a chance at something special.

He retired the first 15 hitters before hitting Sclar with a pitch in the fifth.

Shortstop Ryan Bramlett went deep in the hole and made a strong throw to save the no-hitter in the second. Right fielder CJ Stubbs was playing shallow and robbed MJ Metz of a hit in the fifth. And center fielder Sandy Plashkes raced deep in the left-center alley to flag down Alex Maloney’s drive.

"This is a pitcher's park," said Canyon Crest coach Mike Hymes, an All-CIF outfielder at Torrey Pines in 1996. "The wind blows straight in from right and even more so with the construction.

"The right fielder was like a softball rover on Metz's ball.

"But their kid threw great. Take nothing away from him. All you can do is tip your cap."

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