Paulding’s Gonzales no-hits Lancers
Friday, June 20, 2014 12:00 AM
By Nick Johnson
DHI Media Correspondent
PAULDING — Rising senior Treston Gonzales was on his game early as Paulding’s ACME squad hosted Lincolnview on Thursday night. Gonzales overpowered the Lancers, striking out the side in order in the opening inning, and held Lincolnview without a hit as the Panthers claimed a 3-0 win.
Gonzales fanned 13 in the no-hitter. He walked five.
“Treston has been a workhorse since he was a freshman,” said Panther coach Matt Arellano. “He has a great fastball and has good command most days. He works really hard on the mound. Keeping him focused sometimes is hard, but he is a very good pitcher and he is very talented pitcher.”
Gonzales’ talent was on display throughout the evening. He recorded at least two punchouts in each of the game’s first four innings, reaching double digits before the fifth.
Lincolnview southpaw Jalen Roberts was able to match Gonzales through the front four frames, but the Panthers finally broke through with a 2-out single in the bottom half of the fifth for the game’s first hit.
“I’m proud of Jalen’s performance,” said Lancer coach Dana Roberts. “We have not seen the field in a week and weather didn’t help us out (Wednesday). I’m tipping my hat to Paulding and (its) pitcher, tonight. We just couldn’t get the timely hits when we need to.”
Paulding took advantage of some spotty Lincolnview defense, staking its pitcher to an early 2-run advantage in the home half of the first. Gonzales and Alex Arellano each scored a run thanks to Lincolnview errors.
The Panthers tacked on a run in the sixth, extending to a 3-0 lead. Once again, sloppy defense aided in the rally. Arellano reached base via a Lancer miscue and Jarrett Sitton cashed hm in with a run-scoring double to deep center field. Roberts held the Panthers to one run in the inning, getting a comebacker and a strikeout to escape further damage.
“Errors really cost us,” conceded the elder Roberts after the game.
With the no-hitter intact, Gonzales faced Tyler Richey to begin the seventh. Richey scorched a liner back to the mound that Gonzales gloved for the first out. He struckout the next two batters, but needed to get one extra hitter thanks to a wild pitch on the third strike to Nick Motycka, who beat a throw to first, extending the game. Motycka eventually wound up at third, but was stranded there as Gonzales induced a ground out to complete the gem.
Paulding moves to 8-4 on the ACME season while Lincolnview falls to even at 2-2 this summer.