Unatego senior Quinn Barnhart threw his second varsity no-hitter, and first of this season, in leading the Spartans to a 9-0 Midstate Athletic Conference baseball victory at Harpursville on Friday.
Barnhart struck out 12 and walked five.
His first no-hitter came on April 25 of last season in a 4-1 win over Greene. Barnhart struck out seven and walked six in that game.
“He had a good fastball,” Unatego coach Frank Microni said. “He was kind on top of the hitters.”
Barnhart benefited from a play made by third baseman Jon Wingate in the sixth inning. Wingate backhanded a ball behind the bag and threw in time to get the out.
Microni said offseason work has helped Barnhart.
“He worked very hard in the winter on making (his fastball) move down and in,” Microni said. “He has a good lively fastball, but it moves. It’s almost like a cutter. He’s been working on it for awhile and it’s starting to pay off because it’s moving more and more.”
Kellen Komenda scored in the first inning to make it 1-0. He singles, went to second on a passed ball, to third on an error and scored on a wild pitch.
Komenda had a sacrifice fly and Phil Youngs hit a two-run single as the Spartans’ lead grew to 4-0 in the second inning.
Komenda, Youngs, Barnhart and Alex Walley had two hits apiece for Unatego (7-2, 5-0), which will host Valley Stream South at noon Saturday before playing Prince Edward Collegiate Institute from Canada at 2:30 p.m.
Unatego 9, Harpursville 0
Unatego 130 410 0 - 9 10 2
Harpursville 000 000 0 - 0 0 4
Quinn Barnhart (W) and Lucas DeJoy. Arnold (L), Koranka (6) and Dean. 2B: Quinn Barnhart (U).
CF 6, Oneonta 0
Oneonta High’s hitters couldn’t solve Marcus Stone.
“He certainly dominated the game,” OHS coach Joe Hughes said of Stone, who struck out 13 and walked two in a one-hitter to lead the Blue Devils to a home victory in the Southern Tier Athletic Conference. “He certainly had us behind on his fastball and guessing on his curveball. Our hitters had a tough day today.”