No-hitter highlights opening day

Leader Sports Editor

MARION Most pitchers only dream of it, but Marion's Andy Pfister needed only one game to accomplish it, pitching a no-hitter to open the Mustangs' 2000 season in style Tuesday afternoon. Marion beat Tigerton 5-0 in the opening game of a doubleheader. The Mustangs also took the second game 14-2 only allowing one hit in the game.

Pfister also helped his own cause at the plate going 3-for-3 with two RBI in game one of the twin-bill. The Mustangs jumped out to the early lead with a run in the bottom of the second inning. In the third inning Marion built a 2-0 lead, before building a 4-0 lead after four innings of play.

Marion's Dan Knaack had a big day at the plate going 2-for-4 with an RBI to help the Mustangs to the season-opening win. Marion added their final run in the bottom of the fifth inning for the 5-0 win.

Pfister finished the game with seven strikeouts in the win. Tigerton's Andy Krull picked up the loss for the Tigers.

"I am very satisfied with how we played tonight," said Marion Head Coach Bill Van Daalwyk. "We are a very young team with only three seniors, and the young guys made the plays."

In game two the Marion pitching staff was just as tough only allowing Tigerton to get one hit, a single from Jason Breaker in the first inning. But this time Tigerton scored runs in a 14-2 loss.

Marion's Dan Knaack and Noah Pockat combined to pitch the one-hitter, each striking out two in the game. Knaack pitched three scoreless innings to open the game, while Pockat surrendered two runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Mike Wroblewski had a solid game at the plate for the Mustangs going 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBI in the win. Pockat also went 2-for-3 in the game. Marion scored three runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back adding one more run in the second, three in the third, one in the fourth and six in the fifth.

Tigerton's two runs came in the bottom of the fifth and final inning on a fielder's choice and a bases loaded walk. Breaker received the loss on the mound for the Tigers.

Van Daalwyk was especially pleased with his team for the fact that they were able to overcome the absence of their top pitcher and top catcher.

"We do have some question marks early in the season with our No. 1 pitcher sitting out some games," he said. "Overall I am very happy with the way the kids played."

As for the rest of the season, Van Daalwyk feels the young Mustangs will have to improve as they go getting the younger players some important experience.

"Alot of young guys have to step up and fill holes," he said.

The Mustangs (2-0) will look to continue its perfect start to the 2000 season when they travel to play in a tournament at Hustisford on Saturday. The Tigers (0-2) will look to pick up their first win of the season when they host Port Edwards on April 3.

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By Michael Ray
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