Zephyrs no-hit but still win

The WESTCO Zephyrs were no-hit at Cleveland Field Saturday afternoon by the Alliance Spartans, but they still won the game 1-0.

A second inning run stood up for the Z's as Eric Moreno pitched a gem for the home team as well. He fired a complete game one-hitter and struck out ten.

The only hit Moreno gave up was a two out first inning infield single to Jayden Holman.

Meanwhile, Isaac Burnham and Jeff Heckman teamed up on the no-hitter for Alliance, but wildness by Burnham cost the Spartans the game.

In the second inning Burnham gave up a leadoff walk to Beau Lofink, but he was erased by a double play. With two outs and nobody on number eight hitter Ty Benson was hit by a pitch. He stole second an advanced to third on a ball four wild pitch to Rogelio Gurrola. Then another wild pitch with Jackson Hinze at the plate scored Benson.

The Zephyrs had somebody aboard every inning but could not get a timely hit. They received eight walks in six innings, had two batters hit by pitches, were benefactors of three wild pitches and a balk, but could only score the one run.

"We have been no-hit before," said Mark Moran in his 22nd season as Zephyr coach. "But we have never won one of them. It was an unusual game."

Benson was also the hero of the first game for the Express. He went the distance in a 6-0 win, surrendering just a one out single in the top of the seventh and final inning. He struck out 13. He also reached base all three of his at bats in the Zephyr game. Walking twice along with being hit by a pitch.

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