Raiders benefiting from pitching

April 7, 2015 0 Comments

During the Quincy Notre Dame baseball team’s eight-game win streak, the pitching has delivered some strong performances.
Justin Tallman’s no-hitter against Quincy High School in a 10-0 victory Tuesday night was the highlight of the pitching staff’s outings, but wasn’t the only one in the last four games. Sophomore Johnny Ray and freshman Malachi Lentz combined to no-hit Jacksonville on April 4 in a 8-0 home victory.
“It’s getting better,” QND coach Chris Martin said. “We’re starting to get depth and guys that want to throw. I’ve heard some guys that after we take them out they’re like ‘Man, I want to go back out and throw.’ That gives our coaching staff more confidence.”
In the last four games, QND pitching has allowed just seven runs and has posted two shutouts. The offense has come along, too, scoring 49 runs. Three times the Raiders have scored in double-digits.
The run support gives the Raiders pitching confidence each time they step on the mound.
“When we can get a good start, it swings the game in our favor and puts us on a high,” Ray said. “You can go out there and let it loose.”
Tallman’s no-hitter gave QND revenge against QHS, who took the first game in the crosstown rivalry series.
“His stuff was nasty tonight,” Ray said. “He was lights out.”
Tallman also believes it gives him a little bragging rights over Ray and Lentz.
“I’ll bust their chops a little bit,” Tallman said with a laugh. “They’ll do well in their high school careers.”

—Mat Mikesell

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