WAREHAM, Mass. After Eric Pfisterer’s five-inning no-hitter in the season opener against Cotuit, it might have been hard to believe that his initial effort could be topped.
Pfisterer (Duke) had plenty more in store for the defending champion Harwich Mariners (2-4), throwing seven innings of no-hit ball before being pulled by head coach Cooper Farris in a 7-0 win.
David Fischer (Connecticut) inherited the undesirable task of trying to finish off the no-hitter but could not. He faced the minimum number of batters, six, in the eighth and ninth innings, but he yielded a one-out single to David Herbeck (James Madison). Herbeck was immediately erased on an inning-ending double play, and Fischer pitched a one-two-three ninth to preserve the one-hitter.
Pfisterer and Fischer combined to face only 28 batters in the game, one more than the minimum number of 27. Pfisterer allowed only two baserunners in the game, giving up a two-out walk in the third and hitting a batter to start the fourth.
To the dismay of some in the crowd, Pfisterer was not given a chance to close out his historic performance, as he threw 92 pitches. He finished his night pitching seven innings, striking out seven, while giving up no runs, no hits, and just one walk. Through two starts in 2009, Pfisterer has thrown 12 innings without giving up a single hit. On this particular rainy night, the pitching overshadowed the best offensive effort of the year for the Wareham Gatemen (3-2-1).
Derek Dietrich (Georgia Tech) hit two solo home runs, the first two home runs by any Gatemen player this season. Dietrich took a pitch from Harwich starter Mike Gipson (Florida Atlantic) over the left field fence as part of a two-run first inning, and he pulled his second homer of the day to right in the third to make it a 3-0 Wareham lead.
Dietrich also scored three of Wareham’s seven runs as part of a 3-5 night. To complete the trifecta, Wareham also played its first error-free game of the season, despite the rainy and blustery conditions. The Mariners committed three errors and threw two wild pitches in the losing effort.
Undefeated at home, the Gatemen will look to continue their winning ways Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. against Yarmouth-Dennis (4-2). Listen to Alex Perlman and Kevin Copp as the Gatemen pre-game show begins at 6:45 p.m. at www.gatemen.org.
WP: Pfisterer (2-0), LP: Herbeck (0-1)
HR: Dietrich (2)