SANBORN - Rick Allen is normally the left fielder for Jamestown Community College, but with multiple games in the past few days, Jayhawks coach Dick Adams had pretty well used most of his starting pitchers and the freshman was called upon to start game two of a doubleheader with Niagara County CC on a rainy Tuesday afternoon in a NJCAA Region 3 Division III baseball doubleheader.
The results, quite frankly, were simply unbelievable.
The reason? Both Allen and NCCC starter James Fitzgerald put on a show to remember as both hurlers surrendered no hits and no runs all the way into the seventh inning.
The Jayhawks were lucky enough to break through in the eighth inning with three runs and Allen, a Falconer graduate, was able to keep NCCC at bay one more time to claim his 3-0 no-hit victory.
Allen gave up just two walks and had four strikeouts and had JCC not committed two errors, a perfect game was possible.
In the eighth inning, JCC's Greg Marco finally broke up Fitzgerald's no-hit bid with a single and Cody Crandall sacrificed him to second as Allen came to the plate.
In another bizarre twist, the pitcher proceeded to hit a ball directly at Fitzgerald's ankle, which allowed Marco to get to third with two outs. Jose Hernandez then singled to bring Marco home with the go-ahead run. Christian VanNote came up and singled to move Hernandez to second,
Elio Gonzalas headed to the plate and while he was at bat, Hernandez stole third. Gonzalas then stroked another single to bring home Hernandez and VanNote went to third and was able to score when Kody Kondrilik singled, giving JCC the 3-0 lead.
Allen returned to the mound and set down NCCC on two grounders and a fly ball to secure his no-hitter.
Needless to say, Adams was impressed with Allen's performance.
"Rick hasn't started a game and was just thrown into the situation," Adams said. "He has a great work ethic, a quick arm and is so competitive. This really was a golden moment for him. It's a special thing."
Sadly, things weren't quite as special in the first game as NCCC posted a 9-2 victory over JCC, leading right from the start.
JCC pitcher Jake Harford was on the mound and surrendered four runs through the first three innings and NCCC broke things wide open with five runs in the fifth. Harford went 5 innings, giving up nine hits and a walk and three strikeouts. Hernandez followed and went 1 innings, surrendering one hit and one walk.
Gonzalas had two hits for the Jayhawks, including a solo home run.
JCC is now 7-7 in Region 3 Division III and 7-19 overall and will host NCCC at home on Thursday.