Devin Layton’s No-No

Fort Frye baseball blanks Waterford, 10-0

photo by RON JOHNSTON Fort Frye senior lefty Devin Layton follows through on a pitch to a Waterford batter Monday night. Layton threw a 5-inning no-hitter.

WATERFORD — Devin Layton was unhittable.

The Fort Frye senior southpaw pitched his first career no-no as the Cadets mercied host Waterford, 10-0, in five innings Monday night in a non-conference rivalry baseball game.

“I definitely knew I had a no-hitter going, because my dad (assistant coach Ryan Layton) informed me after we went out in the fourth inning,” said Devin Layton, smiling. “We were the only ones who knew.

“When my catcher (Nate Brothers) came out (in the fifth inning), I told him I was nervous because I had a no-hitter.”

In five innings of work on the bump, the younger Layton struck out seven and walked four.

“Good for Devin to come over here and throw a no-hitter,” said FFHS skipper Rob Nelson. “With the magnitude of the game, it’s always a good rivalry. I thought our bats looked pretty good today.”

Offensively for Fort (12-7), Tate Engle stroked three hits, while Brenden Huck, Maeson Long, and Layton added two knocks apiece. Luke Nelson and Eric Isner each plated a run.

“Our defense was great, and the bats were finally working,” Layton said.

While Waterford (9-14) went hitless on its Senior Night, it did have five baserunners with Zane Heiss, Brock Hayes, Braden Miller, and Jacob Huffman each receiving a base on balls. Braden Bellville was also safe on a Cadet error.

The right-handed-throwing Bellsville suffered the mound setback. Russell Young and Cole Miller each tossed one inning of relief.

“We just couldn’t get anything going,” said WHS boss Doug Huffman. “Fort Frye is always good, and they always have a good lefty.”

After a scoreless opening frame, Fort staked itself to a 1-0 lead in the top of the second when Layton singled with one out, stole second, and legged it home on Huck’s basehit to center.

In the third, Luke Nelson and Engle each singled to get things going, Nelson then legged it home when Brothers’ popfly to short right field was dropped. And, then Engle scored on a Bellville wild pitch.

Later, Isner plated Brothers with 2-strike single to center to make it 4-0.

With a great pitcher like Braden Bellville, you’ve got to hit fastballs early in the count,” Rob Nelson said. “You don’t want to get behind or you’ll struggle. And I thought our approach tonight was really key. We had an excellent approach at the plate. We were patient but looking for the fastball. Even on our outs, we were on the ball.”

With one out in the fourth, Luke Nelson was hit by a Young pitch. On a hit-and-run, Nelson legged it home on Engle’s single to center. Engle later scored on an error as did Brothers, making it 7-0.

The Wildcats finished

with five errors in the contest.

Capping all the scoring in the fifth with another 3-run inning, Long doubled Huck home; Long then scored on Nelson’s bunt; and Zane Greenleaf, who had walked, legged it home on a Waterford miscue.

“It’s a good time of the year to get hot,” Rob Nelson said.

Fort Frye is scheduled to play at Monroe Central in a Pioneer Valley Conference game at 5:30 p.m. today.

“If we win that, we’ve got the PVC,” the Fort Frye skipper said. “We’ve got to win one more.”

Meanwhile, Waterford is slated to play at Warren at 5 p.m. today.

“We’re going to try to get better,” Huffman said.