Eighteen outs, 18 K's for VCA pitching in no-hitter

By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Sophomore left-hander Jimmy Shaw didn’t have his best stuff Thursday night, but he had enough to help produce a game Valley Christian Academy baseball coach Brad Gunter Jr. hadn’t before witnessed.

Shaw and senior Aaron Perchaz combined to record all 18 outs on strikeouts as the Lions blanked San Andreas-Mountain Oaks 10-0 in six innings in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII playoffs at McAuliffe Memorial Ballparks in Sacramento.

The Lions (15-8) will face Lodi-Elliot Christian (19-3) at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 21, in the opener of a best-of-three semifinal series.

Shaw and Perchaz also combined on a no-hitter with three walks and two hit batters.

“We’ve had some dominant college-level pitchers, but you still get a couple outs (on balls put in play): a three unassisted, popup to the pitcher,” Gunter said.

Shaw, who pitched a no-hitter against Faith Christian on April 29, lacked his usual velocity and command. Gunter let Shaw’s pitch count get into the 70s before summoning Perchaz to start the top of the fifth inning. Perchaz pounded the zone and dominated Mountain Oaks (8-9).

“You know, as pitchers, you just have those outings where the velo’s not there, the break’s not there, the location’s not there, but he went out and battled, kept us in the ballgame,” Gunter said of Shaw.

Catcher Quentin Moore blocked pitches in the dirt and came up big at the plate with an early two-run single and an RBI hit to right that drove in Shaw with the final run.