St. Petersburg Times Online: Sports
Place an Ad Calendars Classified Forums Sports Weather
Print story Reuse or republish Subscribe to the Times


Ram a one-hit wonder

By GREG AUMAN, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 11, 2003

LAND O'LAKES -- Sending senior Anthony Redmond out for his first varsity start in a key district game, Ridgewood coach Larry Beets would have been happy with three or four solid innings from the left-hander.

Redmond did that and then some, taking a no-hitter into the seventh and finishing with a one-hit shutout as Ridgewood clinched the top seed in its district with a 2-0 win at Land O'Lakes.

"I was definitely not expecting this," said Redmond, who had not gone more than three innings in any previous appearances and struck out only one batter Thursday. "(Beets) told me (Wednesday) in school ... he said, 'You're the ace on Thursday.' I said, 'I'm ready for it.' "

Redmond (2-0) had retired 11 straight and was two outs from a no-hitter when Gators freshman Caz Piurowski hit a slow grounder past third baseman Aaron McLamar into leftfield. A night of strong defense was capped with a running, snow-cone grab by Monte Werner in rightfield for the second out and a routine groundout to second baseman Jon Koenigsfeld.

"That's the way to step up, isn't it?" Beets said. "He's been coming to our camp since he was 9 years old. I said, 'You're left-handed, you should go for it. It might take until your senior year, but you'll make it.' He's a great kid, and if he doesn't pitch again for two weeks, you'll never see a difference and he'll do everything he's supposed to."

Redmond's gem spoiled a strong night from Gators starter Ryan Nalls, who retired 14 in a row after giving up the game's only runs in the first. The Rams tagged Nalls (4-3) for three hits, scoring once on a double by McLamar and again on a bases-loaded walk to Danny Lotz.

Ridgewood (15-5, 10-1) now has a first-round bye in the Class 4A, District 8 tournament, and Land O'Lakes (12-6, 6-3) is one game ahead of Mitchell and Hudson for the second seed.

Beets called Redmond's performance a no-hitter, saying the grounder to McLamar glanced off his glove, but Gators coach Cal Baisley thought the ball went through cleanly and ruled it a hit in the home scorebook. Having seen many games lost by poor defensive plays this season, Baisley was impressed by the nearly mistake-free game the Rams played.

"We got beat, and that doesn't happen often," he said. "Most of the time in high school, games are lost and not won, but they won tonight. We hit the ball but they made great plays."

Print story Reuse or republish Subscribe to the Times

Back to Sports
Back to Top

© 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111

From the Times sports desk
  • Gary Shelton: Dying caddie gets respite on course
  • Hubert Mizell: Bowden refusing to slow for speedbumps
  • John Romano: Lightning gets early wakeup call

  • Golf
  • Splish, splash: First round a wash
  • Burk again asks Augustamembers to resign club
  • Mud not enough to revise the rules
  • Mud not enough to revise the rules

  • NFL
  • Hometown honors a tearful Emmitt Smith

  • In brief
  • Tourney pays to protect LeBron

  • Internet
  • Wait out rain delays on the Web

  • Baseball
  • AL: Foes keep streaking apart
  • NL: Giants (9-1) equal best start
  • Reeling Braves add Reynolds
  • DH, 1st base turn into juggling act for Torre

  • NHL
  • Ducks stop Red Wings in 3OT

  • College basketball
  • Felton hired to heal Georgia

  • Colleges
  • Wildcats, Gophers reach final

  • Arena
  • Storm's Bowden just refuses to leave field

  • NBA
  • 76ers surge past Celtics in 2nd half

  • Motorsports
  • Tracy has no desire for Indy this year

  • Preps
  • County's best to face Pinellas team
  • Young Lancers uphold tradition pretty well
  • Eagles win undefeated showdown
  • Ram a one-hit wonder
  • Wildcats win SAC crowns
  • Lecanto girls defend GCAC title
  • Relay win crucial for PHU girls

  • Rays
  • Another comeback is just out of reach
  • Rocker gets shot at a fresh start

  • Bucs
  • Green returns to Bucs

  • Lightning
  • Open and shut out
  • Shutout leaves players gloomy
  • Crew tries to control the chaos
  • Sound bites
  • Slapshots

  • From the wire

    From the state sports wire
  • Jacksonville's Spicer placed on IR after leg surgery
  • FIU-Western Kentucky game postponed because of Jeanne
  • Brown anxious to face old team for first time
  • Dolphins' desperate defense readies for Roethlisberger
  • Former Sarasota lineman sheds tough-guy image with Michigan
  • Rothstein rejoins Heat as assistant
  • No. 16 Florida has history on its side against Kentucky
  • FSU and Clemson QBs both off to slow starts