A third strike that got away was the difference between a short, but perfect, game and a 10-0 no-hitter yesterday for Verden pitcher Dillon Wilson. The lanky lefty struck out nine Ninnekah hitters but third-strike number eight got by catcher Justin Boyer and Jerrod Haskell raced safely to first…the only Owl to get that far all game.

Meanwhile, Verden was getting the job done with the bats and the game was called in the bottom of the fourth when Chris Verser's pinch-hit single drove Daniel Edwards in to put the Tigers up by ten.

Ninnekah's hard-throwing Jake Bedoka uncharacteristically struggled with his control and got the Owls in a hole early. Tyler McComas and Edwards reached on an infield error and a walk then scored on passed balls before Bedoka settled down and struck out first baseman Zane Amstutz and left fielder Kenny Keeton to end the first inning with the Tigers up by two.

The Owl senior was done in the second after walking in two runs and leaving the bases full but reliever Kelcee Turpin got a rude welcome from Bedoka's first-inning strikeout victims. Amstutz ripped a two-run double over third then Keeton scored two more with a gapper into right-center. Right fielder Jesse Randle grounded out to first with the bases full again after a dozen Owls came to bat and scored six runs.

Edwards walked with one out in the third frame and ended up at third on Wade Crowder's double to left. Edwards scored on a passed ball before Turpin fanned Derek Kalstrom and Amstutz to end the inning.

Boyer singled with one out in the home fourth and advanced to second and third on two passed balls before Verser, pinch-hitting for Wilson, singled him in to end the game.

Amstutz and Keeton each had a pair of ribbies on their doubles and McComas and Crowder each had one. Four runs were unearned.

Wilson was dominating…Bedoka was the only Owl to hit the ball hard but his drive ended up as a routine flyout to center field in the fourth.

Both teams will be back in action at home on Thursday. The 4-2 Owls host Maysville and Verden, now 5-5, entertains Fletcher.

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