Nantucket baseball coach Bill Manchester could not think of a better way for his team to start the season. Despite chilly temperatures for the season opener, junior southpaw Will Ferreira fanned 16 batters and tossed a no-hitter as the Whalers beat Sturgis 5-0 Wednesday.
The three-year starter walked six batters, but still only needed 95 pitches for the no-hitter.
"He was cool and calm under pressure," Manchester said. "He never got rattled. Every time I thought he got jittery, he pitched stronger to the next batter. He had great command and challenged hitters."
The Whalers struck first in the bottom of the first inning when Ferreira came around to score on an Andrew Ray single. In the second inning, Dylan O'Connor drove in John Montgomery as Nantucket took a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, Ferreira helped himself out when he clubbed a two-run triple to stretch the lead to four.
Manchester said that the team is young this season, and Ferreira's performance certainly helped.
"It's a great way for the young guys to play relaxed when you have a pitcher throwing like that," Manchester said.
Before Ferreira drove in two runs, Manchester thought about pulling his pitcher if he allowed a hit. But once Nantucket secured the 4-0 lead, Manchester said it was a no-brainer to let him finish it out.
"Even if I wanted to take him out, which I wouldn't, he wouldn't let me," Manchester said.
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