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Amos Fires Third Straight No-No in Win

Photo by Cody Tomer Shadyside pitcher Bryce Amos tossed his third straight no-hitter as Shadyside collected the sectional title.

SHADYSIDE – It was just a typical Thursday afternoon for senior standout Bryce Amos and the Shadyside baseball team.

For the third consecutive Thursday, and third start in a row overall, Amos tossed a no-hitter, this time, however, the celebration included a Division IV Eastern District sectional co-championship.

Amos, a Tulane University recruit, fanned 11 while walking six, classmates Corey Beckett and Rhys Francis combined for four hits and five RBI’s and the Tigers rolled up eight third inning runs to take command enroute to a convincing 11-0 victory over visiting Steubenville Catholic Central in a five-inning affair.

The victory moves Coach Shawn Selmon’s top-seeded Shadyside team to 19-3 on the season and earns the Tigers, who have also recorded three shut-out wins in a row, a berth in next Tuesday’s District semifinals at Harrison Central High School. The opponent will be third-seeded Toronto, a 5-1 victor over Caldwell yesterday.

“We have put it all together a few times this season and we have been playing very well recently, which is when you want to be hitting your stride,” Selmon said. “We have been working hard and hopefully the kids can keep it going through these elimination games.

“And Bryce (Amos) has really been something. Absolutely lights out.”

After a scoreless first inning the Tigers took advantage of wildness to get the offense going. Shadyside loaded the bases with on out, thanks to two walks and a hit batsman before Grant Miller’s free pass brought the first run home for a 1-0 reading. Beckett and Francis each followed with run-scoring base hits to push the margin to 3-0, more than enough runs for Amos to work with.

The host’s third frame was highlighted by five singles, four walks and a pair of Crusaders’ errors. Amos and Alex Baker both walked to get things started with Amos coming around on Cole Micker’s base hit. Another walk and the first out of the inning came before RBI singles from Miller and Beckett and a two-run base hit from Francis. Amos added a sacrifice fly RBI while Baker’s single brought home the final tally for an 11-0 reading after three. The Tigers sent 12 batters to the plate in the third.

“We are hitting the ball when we need to and putting it in play,” Selmon added. “We like to move guys around and we have some very quick kids. But the great thing is that I honestly believe that this team is just hitting its mid-stride. Corey (Beckett) and Baker have both started hitting the ball and becoming big contributors and that is huge for us to know we are getting that kid of play from six or seven hitters.”

Amos did struggle with control over the final two frames, putting two on via walks in the fourth and walking the bases loaded in the fifth. He did record his 10th and 11th strikeouts in the fifth before a Beckett made a nice play to throw a batter out on a ground ball near third base to preserve the no-hitter with the final out. The no-hitter was the seventh for Shadyside pitchers over the past two seasons.

Steubenville Central Coach Don Young was not upset with his offense, even though they were unable to figure Amos out.

“We have been hitting very well and scoring a lot of runs recently and I felt like we got some really good swings in (Thursday),” Young admitted. “But that was a different beast out there. Even though we were no-hit I can still tell you the offense really wasn’t the problem. They really hurt us in the second and third innings and some of that was on us.

“Putting the ball in play puts pressure on the defense and they did that. Look, that is a very good baseball team with a lot of seniors who have been starting for four years. They really do have a chance to go far, and I wish them luck in that.”

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