Morton sharp in ValleyCats' victory
BATAVIA Right-hander Zach Morton, making just his second start of the year, pitched no-hit ball through six innings to lead the Tri-City ValleyCats to a 7-0 victory over the Batavia Muckdogs in a New York-Penn League game at Dwyer Stadium Sunday.
Morton, who played at Northwestern, walked one and struck out three in his fifth appearance this season. He had been used as a reliever in three of those outings.
Randall Fant pitched the final three innings, scattering three singles, to record his first save.
The ValleyCats got on the board in the top of the first when Anthony Kemp, who led off the game with a single, scored on a wild pitch by Batavia starter Helpi Reyes.
The ’Cats put the game out of reach with four runs in the fifth, sparked by Ernest Genoves’ lead-off home run. After Jon Kemmer grounded out, Adam Nelubowich singled, stole second and scored on a single by Chan Moon.
After Kemp forced Moon at second, Reyes hit James Ramsay with a pitch and walked Conrad Gregor to load the bases for Michael Martinez, who capped the outburst with a two-run single.
Tri-City scored its other run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Nelubowich, after Genoves and Kemmer reached on errors.
The ’Cats complete their three-game series at Batavia tonight, and return home Wednesday to begin a three-game series with Auburn.