|Only a few errors in the second inning prevented Eagles senior Gavin Reilly from tossing a Perfect Game on Monday|
By Matt Feld (@mattyfeld612)
BOSTON - Typically, when one tosses a no-hitter, a little bit of luck is required, but with the way Gavin Reilly threw for BC High on Monday, no good fortune was needed.
On Monday, the Eagles senior righthander threw a complete-game shutout, no-hitting Malden Catholic as BC High defeated the Lancers, 2-0, on a warm afternoon at Monan Park.
Reilly (CGSO, 0 H, 0 BB, 6 K), who will continue his playing career at Wheaton next year, had terrific command all afternoon, throwing 53 of his 77 pitches for strikes.
When the Lancers (4-4) did manage to put the ball in play it was almost always weak contact, with just five balls leaving the infield.
BC High (5-5) came into the game badly in need of a win after a recent 2-5 stretch had them going into the day at 4-5 on the year.
Reilly said coming away with a win going into the midway point of the season was all that he was focused on.
“I was zoned in on the mound and really did not realize (about the no-hitter) until the game was over,” said Reilly. “I was more pumped that we ended the first half of the season on a winning note instead of worrying about the no-hitter.”
The hardest hit ball of the day off Reilly came from David Fisher at the start of the seventh inning. Fisher hit a line shot to center field, but Eagles center fielder Kyle Burke was positioned perfectly and snared the liner for the first out of the inning.
Reilly proceeded to get the final two outs of the ball game via consecutive groundouts off the bat of Jordan Soldan and pinch hitter Jake Horrigan to complete the no hitter.
Throughout the early part of the contest, Reily appeared to have both his fastball and curveball working for strikes, but in the latter part of the game had to rely on his solid fastball command to get him to the end.
“I felt like the location of my fastball was what was really working for me today,” said Reilly.
The only base runners to reach off Reilly all came via errors, two on ground balls to shortstop, and one on a bunt that was misplayed by the Eagles’ first baseman.
BC High added their lone two runs of the game in the bottom of the third as Matt Sullivan walked with one out and then scored on a double off the wall by Bobby Demeo. Two batters later Luke Murphy followed up Demeo’s double with a double of his own down the right field to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead.