Colin Meinzer took a no-hitter into the top of the seventh against the Orioles on Sunday for Monarchs Gold.
Meinzer cruised through six innings scattering only two walks and allowing his defense to make plays behind him. Corey Lehman and Brett Howard were involved in many of those defense plays including three consecutive hard-hit grounders in the fourth that hit the lip and forced the defenders to jump in order to reach them. Meinzer seemed to be putting the finishing touches on his no-no with two outs and a man on first, though the next batter laced a fly ball to left center. Despite the outfield’s diving efforts the ball dropped out of reach. The next O’s batter brought a runner in with a single before Meinzer closed the door. He finished with CG, 2H performance allowing the one run, while striking out five.
Gold’s bats were torrid plating thirteen runs in the contest, and doing so in multiple ways. In the first Lehman had a leadoff walk, and stole second. After Adam Yunker’s sacrifice to move the runner to third, Drew Kuns hit an RBI Sac Fly to bring home Lehman for the first run of the game. Gold went at it again in the third. Yunker had an RBI Fielder’s Choice and Kuns followed with a towering two run home run to deep center field. The Monarchs had their biggest inning in the fourth. Blake Schmenk and Lehman led off the inning with two consecutive doubles putting two in scoring position. Yunker belted the third straight double to bring both runners home. Kuns followed with an RBI single for the third run of the inning. After a Jake Cappelletty walk, Howard blasted the second home run of the game on a three run shot to left running the score to 10-0 after four.
The Monarchs continued to rake in the sixth. Howard and Ricky Lizcano both had RBI doubles to bring home runners and Schmenk plated the last run on an RBI single for a final score victory of 13-1.
Gold’s next game will be Thursday verse the Monarchs Blue.