Coral Springs Charter’s Prendergast Fans 20 In No-Hitter
Coral Springs Charter’s AJ Prendergast delivered an unforgettable performance on Thursday night against the crosstown-rival Coral Springs Colts, as the junior right-hander struck out 20 batters in a 6-0 no-hitter.
Prendergast faced just one batter over the minimum in a near-perfect bid. He did not issue any walks nor did he hit any batters, and the only Colt to reach base did so via catcher’s interference.
The Panthers improved to 5-3, while handing the Colts (5-1) their first defeat of the season. Prendergast improved to 3-0, while also adding on to some already incredible season totals. In just over 23 innings he has piled up 44 strikeouts with only three walks, with a 0.90 ERA and 0.77 WHIP.
The no-no was one of seven around the state of Florida during a busy Thursday of action. Such events are more common in mercy-rule finishes, and four games on Thursday came in a mercy-rule defeat in which the margin of victory exceeded ten runs in five innings, or 15 runs in three innings. The Fort Lauderdale Flying L’s, the Middleburg Broncos, the Tarpon Springs Spongers and the Out-of-Door Thunder all posted no-hit, mercy-rule wins on Thursday.
Dylan Bridges struck out six for the no-hitter for the Flying L’s, a 10-0 win over the Dillard Panthers.
In Tampa, Jesuit’s Dominic Castellano threw a no-hitter for the Tigers, in a 3-0 win over the Sarasota Sailors. Castellano had eight strikeouts and two walks in the complete-game shutout.
In Tallahassee, two pitchers combined for the Lincoln Trojans in a 4-0 no-hitter over the rival Leon Lions. Starter Tristan Harley went six strong innings, allowing only two walks while hitting one batter. Josh Kittrell finished off the no-no with a perfect 1-2-3 seventh, and he struck out the last two batters.