There is an unwritten rule in baseball at all levels – if your pitcher has a no-hitter, don’t talk about it.
Many playing the game believe that talking about a possible no-no can jinx the possibility of it happening.
William Chrisman’s Trey Stout and Parker LaRoche are not one of those players. Both of them discussed it in the dugout after three innings of no-hit baseball. In this instance, there was not a jinx.
Stout and LaRoche tossed a combined no-hitter to earn a 5-1 victory over crosstown rival Van Horn Saturday at Kauffman Stadium.
“I looked up after three innings and said, ‘Dude, we have a no-hitter,” said Stout, who was the starter and pitched four innings and allowed one unearned run, walked two and struck out five for the win. “So, I told Parker to keep it going. I am pretty stoked about it.
“You kind of have to talk about it because there are not many combined no-nos thrown at Kauffman Stadium. I said, ‘Dude, we have to do it.”
LaRoche obliged. He pitched three innings, walked two and struck out five to close it. In fact, the duo have talked about doing this before.
“I wouldn’t want to share a combined no-hitter with anyone else,” LaRoche said of Stout. “We’ve been talking about it before, and it’s cool to make it happen.”
It was also cool for Chrisman head coach Tom Campa, who said it’s been a while since he’s coached a no-hitter. He had actually planned on taking out Stout earlier than he had, but the senior was doing so well, Campa kept him in for four innings.
“We had a pitch routine that we were going to go with, but our guys started off so well banging the strike zone so well, and I didn’t want to disrupt that rhythm, so I decided to flush the original game plan down the toilet,” Campa said. “Parker Laroche and Trey Stout did a tremendous job. That’s the way they should be pitching all of the time. They were hitting their spots and going right after hitters.
“It’s been many years (since coaching a no-hitter), I have coached several of them, but this is nice.”
In fact, the only hit for both teams was a leadoff single by Chrisman’s Sam Wimberley. He scored on an infield error on a grounder hit by Damon Montes in the first inning. The Bears (5-3) scored three in the second thanks to four walks by Van Horn starter Joe Crocker. Jesse Coleman and Wimberley knocked in runs with ground outs and a wild throw on a pickoff attempt scored Trevor Keckler.
The Falcons (1-2) scored their lone run in the third following a pair of walks and a wild pickoff throw by Stout, allowing Marcos Murphy to cross home.
“We really didn’t hit and the bunt game wasn’t there,” said Falcons coach Jay Kolster, whose team only hit one ball to the outfield, which resulted in a 9-6 forceout on John Fenton’s bloop fly. “With Trey Stout on the mound it was hard to play small ball because he’s a good athlete. When you’re not hitting, you look to the bunt game, but it wasn’t really there.”
Chrisman added an insurance run in the sixth on an RBI groundout by Cam Watters as the team got to celebrate a win on the Royals’ field.
“Next time I want it to be all sold out,” LaRoche joked.
Added Stout: “I think every home game needs to be here. I am kidding. But it’s a blessing to play here.”