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No-hitter for the Lakers: Danbury 6, Northwood 5

May 4, 2012
Danbury High School

No-hitter for the Lakers: Danbury 6, Northwood 5

7:17 AM, May. 4, 2012  |   

Danbury's Brandon Mahoney tossed a six-inning no-hitter Tuesday to top Emmanuel Christian.

Mahoney's wild pitch allowed Lucas Kennedy to score the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning Thursday as Danbury defeated the Rangers 6-5 in the Toledo Area Athletic Conference.

"I couldn't be more proud," Lakers coach Adam Steinbrick said. "I've been doing this for a long time ... this is one of the best wins I've ever been a part of. Unbelievable. They're a quality team."

The Lakers trailed 5-3 in the seventh before John Bunce singled to drive in Schenk. Chapman doubled and scored on a passed ball to tie the game at 5-5 in the seventh.

"It was a team effort top to bottom," Steinbrick said.

Kennedy was at his disruptive best in the bottom of the eighth. He reached on an infield single to the mound, stole second and went to third on a fly ball from Chase Botson.

"He's a great athlete," Steinbrick said of Kennedy. "We've got all the confidence in the world in him when he gets on base. If he gets his jump he's going to be hard to throw out.

"Guys are really starting to believe. We pressed early. Expectations were high, but guys are relaxing and letting things happen."

Branden Burke pitched 3 1/3 innings in relief to earn the victory. Dalton Chapman started on the mound and allowed four runs and three hits in 4 2/3 innings.

"Burke has been lights out for four games in a row," Steinbrick said. "The Branden Burke we thought we'd have. He kept them off balance. They threw first-pitch strikes. I can't say enough about the pitchers against a solid team. They got them frustrated and off-balance.

"We got enough hits to get the job done."

Danbury left 10 runners on base, including at least one in scoring position in seven of eight innings.

"It looked like one of those games, but our guys refused to give up," Steinbrick said. "We were building momentum (with three straight wins) even though we lost to Gibsonburg on Tuesday. We were hoping for a good showing against a team competing for the league championship.

"This was a very good win for the program. I'm happy for the seniors. We didn't get off to the start we wanted, but these guys have stuck with it. It's a lot of fun. It's a great group of guys to be with heading to sectionals."

Northwood (15-5, 5-3) beat Danbury 11-1 earlier in the season.

Kennedy was 4-for-5 with three runs and three stolen bases Thursday. Freshman Chase Botson, Cory Schenk and Chapman each had two hits.

Steinbrick wasn't certain of the last time Danbury (8-10, 3-6) beat Northwood.

"They're a quality program," he said. "They've been rock solid for years and we've struggled with them for quite a while. It's great to go out and get a quality win. I'm excited to do it at home.

"They'll take this with them and remember it and I'll remember it, too. This was a special win for us."

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