Petrie near perfect in 8-0 win over Sitka

Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2008

As the flag in centerfield blew taut in the driving wind and rain, Juneau West pitcher Tanner Petrie struck out 15 Sitka batters and took a no-hitter into the fifth inning.

Petrie had command of all his pitches Friday night and earned a complete game victory in less than the 85-pitch limitation. He remained calm under the pressure and showed no emotion until the game was over.

"He's done some soul searching over the tournament and tonight he came out and stayed composed and pitched one of the best games of his life," said head coach John Grummett.

Throughout the tournament, West's hitters have hustled dribblers into singles and stretched singles into doubles or triples and their base running skills have just about given opponents fits. First baseman Tod Baseden's heads-up base-running repeatedly blessed his team with stolen bases and extra runs.

In the fifth inning, Baseden lay down a perfect bunt that worked the squeeze play to perfection for the last score of the game.

"We have been working really hard on our short game," Grummett said. "We tried to put it in other games but that's the first time it has truly paid off for us."

With the win, Juneau West remained undefeated with a record of three wins and no losses.

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