Piquard pitches no-hitter for Belleville Junior Legion

Special to the News-DemocratJune 12, 2013 

Spencer Piquard was unhittable last Thursday night for the Belleville Junior Legion 1, tossing a no-hitter in a 9-0 win over Alton.

Piquard did not allow a pair of walks to open the game bother him, as he retired 15 batters in a row before allowing another walk.

After issing that walk to start the sixth inning, Piquard fanned two of the next three hitters.

When asked if he knew what was going on, Piquard responded by saying, "I started to realize what was going on about the fourth inning."

Piquard is the first member of his family to throw a no-hitter after big brother Luke Piquard played three seasons in the legion program.

Piquard was asked if he was nervous in the seventh and final inning, "Of course I was, I've never been that close to anything like that."

The most important thing to Piquard was that his mom and dad were both in attendance.

Manager Corey Muendlein and pitching coaches Tyler Rybicki and Sam Lidosky had planed to get another pitcher warmed up in the first, after Piquard threw 10 straight balls.

Instead, Piquard saw the bench stirring and started pouring the strikes across the plate.

Muendlein was just as nervous, if not more nervous, than Piquard as he paced the entire seventh inning and was begging for every close pitch.

Defense also played a key role in the no hitter, as the Hilgards did not commit an error in 17 chances. Matty Klosterman made his first start at third in the contest, and cleanly fielded all five ball hits his direction, including one he turned into the final out of the game.

Sam Haudrich got the Hilgards offense going early with a triple to lead off the game.

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