TRAVERSE CITY — Eric Wooten provided the only intrigue Friday night at Wuerfel Park.
The Frontier Greys left-hander took a no-hitter into the eighth inning before surrendering an infield single to Sean Gusrang and then an RBI double to Zach Kometani.
But that’s about all that didn’t go Wooten’s way as the Greys coasted to a 12-2 Frontier League win over the Traverse City Beach Bums.
“It’s fun to have nights like this,” the 23-year-old said. “I was feeling good. The fastball command was on.”
Wooten struck out nine in his eight-inning gem. The former Baltimore Orioles farmhand retired the first 14 batters he faced until Gusrang reached on an error in the fifth. Wooten walked batters in the sixth and seventh, but both were erased in double plays.
With one out in the eight, Gusrang spoiled the no-hit bid when he beat out a chopper to the left side of the infield. Third baseman Brock McCallister charged, but his throw to first was late.
“I gave up some hard hit balls so baseball evens itself out,” Wooten said. “I can’t be too mad with that.”
The hardest hit ball actually came with the next at-bat as Kometani drilled a double over the head of centerfielder Justin Vasquez.
“I used to play with Kometani in a junior college conference (in Arizona),” Wooten said. “So he knows me pretty well. He knows what I throw. Other than that, it was a good night.”
The Greys gave Wooten all the run support he would need in the third by scoring seven runs — all with two outs.
That nullified a good start by Beach Bums right-hander Jacob Clem, who set down the first seven batters in a row.
But a bunt single by Luis Parache, and a throwing error by Clem on the play, gave the Greys the first scoring opportunity — and they took advantage.