IOWA CITY — Even though he said he didn’t care, the grimace was clear on Tyus Adkins’ face when he gave up a no-hitter last night with two outs in the top of the seventh inning.
The senior pitcher for Iowa City West turned around as soon as Iowa City High catcher Nick Sueppel made contact. All Adkins could do was watch the ball land safely in left-center field for a double. Adkins then struck out Nile Ringen to end the game with a one-hit shutout in the Trojans’ 4-0 Class 4A substate victory at West.
Adkins threw just 69 pitches, struck out five and walked one.
Adkins shrugged off the lost no-hitter and quickly pointed out the importance of Nick Gallagher’s home run in the previous inning that built on West’s 3-0 lead.
“I knew we were up, and all I care about is the W,” Adkins said. “It didn’t matter to me. I don’t care if I give up one hit, I don’t care if I give up 10 hits. As long as we get the W, I’ll be fine. (Seeing Gallagher hit a home run) is a tremendous feeling and an awesome weight lifted off my shoulders.”
After owning a 7-7 record early this season, West is now 31-9 and alive in the substate.
Losing just two out of its last 26 straight games alone is a feat in itself, but West Coach Charlie Stumpff said it has been performances like Adkins’ that pointed the Trojans in the right direction.
“He has a whole bunch of complete games because he’s a strike machine,” Stumpff said. “It must have been 70 percent strikes for him tonight. He’s been like that all year.”
Adkins had four innings of 10 pitches or fewer and had a perfect game going until he walked City High’s Evan Grace in the sixth inning.
And even that, according to his coach, is rare for Adkins.
“He doesn’t walk anybody,” Stumpff said. “When you have guys that can throw three pitches, compete, and show poise — we don’t run into them often.
“He’s a gem for us.”
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