No-hitter highlights Warrior DH sweep

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Wildwood's Matt Bolle pitched a no-hitter with 11 strikeouts vs. Salem on Monday WILDWOOD – The Wildwood High School baseball team arrived back in town at 7 a.m. Sunday morning after enduring a nearly 24-hour bus ride following its weeklong trip to Florida.

When the team took the field Monday morning for a doubleheader against Salem, the players were rather sluggish.

That sluggishness, however, was negated by strong starting pitching.

The Bolle brothers, first Billy and then Matt, each tossed complete games and allowed zero earned runs over 14 innings pitched as Wildwood won both games of the doubleheader, by scores of 5-3 and 5-0.

The highlight of the day was Matt’s effort in Game 2, the senior righthander tossing the first no-hitter by a Wildwood pitcher in 10 seasons in the team’s 5-0 victory.

Not that he even noticed.

“I had no idea,” Matt Bolle said. “I didn’t even notice until after the game when coach (Rich) Hans told me. I was just out there having fun trying to get guys out.”

He did allow a few base runners, as he walked four batters, hit another and saw another Salem player reach on an error. But he also struck out 11 and allowed only two balls to exit the infield on two routine flyouts.

“He threw strikes,” Hans said. “He walked four guys, and that’s more than he usually does, but he still kept the ball low and he threw strikes when he needed to.”

The two strong pitching performances were just what a team lacking energy needed.

“It was big,” Hans said. “Billy and Matt always keep us games. They throw strikes and they don’t walk lot of guys. And it was a great game for Matt because he didn’t pitch well down in Florida.”

Matt Bolle’s no-hitter was the first for the program since Bobby Mulholland, who’s now an assistant basketball coach at the school, tossed one as a senior in 2005.

“That’s pretty cool,” Matt said. “But that’s crazy that it’s been 10 years. I didn’t know it was that long.”

Matt’s effort came after his sophomore younger brother, a lefty, struck out seven and didn’t issue a walk while allowing only four hits in his complete game performance.

“I kind of felt like I had to do better than him,” Matt said with a laugh of his younger brother. “He did good, though. I just wanted to go out and get the win.”

Chris Mormile led Wildwood’s offense in the doubleheader, going 5 for 7 with two doubles, four runs scored and two RBI. Devon Bradshaw added two hits and three RBI over the two games and Jose Valentin went 4 for 4 in Game 2.

Salem (0-7) is rebuilding this spring after a few seasons as one of the better teams in the Tri-County Classic Division.

“We were pretty tired after the trip because it was a pretty rough bus ride,” Matt Bolle said. “But we were all excited to get back and go out and play again. We just wanted to win. We needed these two wins after Florida.”

Wildwood went 2-3 on its five-game trip to Disney’s Wide World of Sports. One of the losses came in extra innings. The Warriors are 8-5-1 overall.

“We lost a couple close ones so far but we’re not going to dwell on it,” Hans said. “I think 8-5-1 is pretty good. We have a lot of winnable games left on our schedule. If don’t dwell on our close losses and keep working to get better, I think we can make a run in the state playoffs.”

Wildwood finishes this week with away games against Pitman today (Thursday) and Clayton on Friday before a home date with LEAP Academy on Saturday.

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