Baseball: Xavier's Brown Throws No Hitter

By Jeff Hare (Story) and Scott Saville (Video), Reporters

Cedar Rapids Kennedy's James Lizarraga rounds third base past Zach Brown of Cedar Rapids Xacier and heads for home plate during the first game of a double header at Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids on Monday, June 25, 2012. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette-KCRG TV9)

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MARION, Iowa - Sometimes the unexpected pays off big.

Cedar Rapids Xavier baseball coach Dave Schemmel may be inclined to believe that after watching senior pitcher Zach Brown throw a no-hitter in a 4-0 victory over Linn-Mar Tuesday night in the semifinals of the Bob Vrbicek Metro baseball tournament at Linn-Mar.

Brown struck out 12 and walked six in the complete game victory.

“I was hoping to get three or four innings out of him tonight,” Schemmel said. “We had some other guys ready to go if needed. But Zach was battling tough tonight, so we let him stay in.”

Brown said it was all working for him.

“I was just trying to throw strikes tonight,” he said. “It was primarily all fast balls with curves thrown in.”

But who would have expected a no-hitter on a cool night in the second game of the season?

“They told me going into the last inning that I was up over 100 pitches,” Brown said. “But I didn’t want to come out. Right now, I am tired, and the arm will get some ice.”

Bryce Grimm led off the game by getting on base on an error. After a passed ball moved him to second, he scored on a triple by Brown, who then scored on an infield hit by Jordan Ratz.

Xavier, which had 10 hits, had runners in scoring position in the second, third, and fifth innings before scoring two insurance runs in the sixth.

“Some of the guys were disappointed that we weren’t able to score more, especially with the opportunities we had,” Schemmel said. “This is something we need to work on. Every at-bat is important, and we can’t lose sight of that.

“Right now, we are just trying to find an identity.”

The Saints play Washington Wednesday in the championship game at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids.

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