Mar 6, 2013 12:44 AM by Andrew Masuda

Hancock's Thompson blanks Cuesta 1-0 in WSC opener

Nathan Thompson carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning and finished with a two-hit shutout as Allan Hancock College opened Western State Conference play with a 1-0 win over rival Cuesta on Tuesday afternoon.

Thompson, a freshman from Santa Ynez High, outdueled Cuesta freshman Lucas Martin. Thompson struck out nine and walked two Cougars. He escaped a bases loaded jam in the second inning by striking out Andrew Montanari.

Martin allowed 1 unearned run and walked one in eight solid innings. The Lompoc High graduate struck out 6 and scattered 7 hits. His record dropped to 3-2 on the season. He threw 70 of his 93 pitches for strikes.

Thompson threw 111 pitches and improved to 3-1 on the season, while Hancock evened its season mark to 7-7. Cuesta dropped to 6-8 and 0-1 in conference.

The Bulldogs scored the only run of the game in the sixth inning when Ryan Welker singled with two outs to left field. Tommy Lininger followed with a double to move Welker to third. Felipe Gonzalez, a Santa Ynez High grad, reached on an error by Cuesta second baseman Marco Murillo that allowed Welker to score the only run of the game.

Welker, a Santa Ynez High grad, led the Bulldogs with 2 hits.

Cuesta did not record a basehit until Scott Shields, a San Luis Obispo High graduate, singled with two outs in the seventh inning. Zack Domingues recorded the other hit for Cuesta to lead off the ninth.

The two rivals play again on Thursday at 2pm at Cuesta College.



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