The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

April 29, 2014

Devils take down Toppers

Mo Abbed strikes out 12 in Bismarck-Henning's victory

The Commercial-News

---- — BISMARCK — On a gusty day in Bismarck with the wind blowing in from center field, Schlarman Academy was visiting Bismarck-Henning for a Vermilion Valley Conference game.

Mo Abbed pitched his Blue Devils to a 3-1 victory over the Hilltoppers only allowing two hits while striking out 12, including 10 in the first four innings.

Abbed was in control all game and had a no-hitter going into the seventh. Schlarman’s Gavin Gard had a solid single with one out in the inning to break up the no-hitter.

“I think Mo Abbed did a real good job today for us, and he held his composure late to get the win,’’ said Bismarck-Henning coach Mark Dodd.

After a base on balls and a hit batsman, Dylan Fisher got the second hit for the Hilltoppers and it scored Gard.

Now with bases loaded Abbed forced Cameron Anderson into a week grounder back to the mound for a game-ending double play.

“I feel my defense did a great job behind me and helped me get this win,’’ said Abbed.

The Blue Devils got on the board in the third inning. Mitchell Harper led got hit with a pitch to lead off the inning, he then stole second and third base and scored when Ethan Allsop drove him in with a grounder to second. Michael Feeney got a hit and scored on Dylan Dodd’s RBI single for the second run.

“I thought we got hits when we needed and did enough for the victory,’’ said coach Dodd.

Schlarman got out of the inning with a running error by Bismarck-Henning and a nice play from their infield.

“I am proud of the way we battled and I thought this is one of the better games we have played all year,’’ said Schlarman coach John Carnahan. “We are improving.”

Both pitchers did a nice job keeping batters off balance.

It was a nicely played game that had some unique plays.

In the fifth inning after a Blue Devil error, Schlarman’s Cameron Anderson hit a solid pitch up the middle which was for sure going to be a hit but a heads up play from Bismarck-Henning center fielder Dylan Dodd who threw out Anderson, who had trouble getting out of the batter’s box, to preserve the no-hitter for another inning.

“I thought it was an outstanding play from Dylan (Dodd) to be aware of the situation,” said coach Dodd.

Bismarck-Henning improves to 5-9 overall and 4-3 in the Vermilion Valley Conference; while Schlarman Academy falls to 0-12 and 0-6 in the league.