Norwalk senior pitcher Chris Comito will be suiting up for the University of Iowa baseball team next spring. Wednesday the Perry hardballers found out why, as the future Hawkeye hurler no-hit the Bluejays, facing only one batter over the minimum in a 5-0 Warrior victory.
Comito struck out 11 and did not allow a baserunner until hitting Nic Wilhelmi with a one-out pitch in the fifth inning. Wilhelmi was picked off on botched steal attempt, but Zach Roberts reached on a dropped third strike to put a Perry player back on base.
However, Comito was not rattled and induced a ground ball out to end the frame and silence the only thing resembling a threat Perry could mount.
Sophomore southpaw Kyle Nevitt was given the start for the hosts and turned in a solid effort, yielding three runs on six hits and two walks in five innings while recording five strikeouts.
Comito’s RBI-single plated a run in the first for the guests, with Perry dodging potential trouble in the third when sophomore right fielder Janier Puente gunned down Sam Acri at second base when the latter tried to stretch a single into a double.
A walk, a sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch plated a Warrior run in the fourth, with a Bryce Origer double and a Devin Pirkle single adding a third run in the fifth.
Puente tossed two frames of relief. He struck out four, but a double a single with an outfield error and two wild pitches allowed two final Warrior runs to cross the plate.
Perry will visit Roland-Story for a varsity doubleheader tonight before visits to DC-G Monday and to Carroll Wednesday.
NORWALK 5, PERRY 0
at Progressive Field, May 27
Team R H E
NOR 100 110 2 — 5 8 1
PRY 000 000 0 — 0 0 2
NOR: Comito and Rice; PRY: Nevitt (5), Puente (2) and Roberts. WP: Comito. LP: Nevitt. 2B — NOR: Origer. LOB — NOR: 4; PRY: 1.
Photo by Jeff Webster; video courtesy of PEGASUS TV12 and volunteer Doug Wood. Check www.pegasustv12.com for air times of full game.