— Well, that was a fun one. Through 7 1/3 innings, little-known Bowie Baysox starter Jake Pettit held the Thunder hitless. In fact, he was only a second inning hit by pitch to Luke Murton — Murton said it just nicked his jersey — away from being perfect.
And then, on his 83rd pitch of the night, Addison Maruszak changed all of that with one swing of the bat. A 2-2 Pettit slider caught too much of the plate, and Maruszak got all of it, sending it about 415 feet away to dead center field to cut Bowie’s lead to just 2-1 going to the top of the 9th inning.
A Ronnie Welty home run to right field off Thunder reliever Ryan Pope seemed insignificant at the time, but it ended up being the game-winner. Murton’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth cut the deficit back to one, and Trenton loaded the bases with two outs against Baysox reliever Kyler Newby. But Kevin Mahoney struck out, and the Thunder’s division lead fell to just four games with 16 games left to play.
“It’s going to take a monumental effort on our part, we can’t just rely on what we’ve done the past four months,” said Thunder manager Tony Franklin.
“We need very good efforts each and every night for the remainder of the season to finish this thing off, and I think we got a pretty good effort tonight.”
Without question, Pettit certainly turned in a gem, pitching a season long 7 2/3 innings while allowing just one run on one hit, the Maruszak home run.
“It was pretty cool going into the eighth inning (with the no-hitter), I thought I had it in the bag,” said Pettit, who relied heavily on his two-seam fastball and changeup.
“It crossed my mind the whole game. If you’ve got a no-hitter going, you want to see how long you can take it. At least it wasn’t a cheap one.”
— For complete coverage of the game, please read my game story at Trentonian.com. Lots of quotes from Addison Maruszak, Tony Franklin and Jake Pettit.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com