TCA's no-hitter knocks PCA out of playoffs

PLANO, Texas -- Two Trinity Christian Academy pitchers combined to throw a no-hitter against Prestonwood Christian on Tuesday, winning the game 8-0 and keeping PCA out of the TAPPS state playoffs for the first time in school history.

TCA starter and ace Reed Bastie threw five innings of no-hit ball, striking out six and walking two before being lifted after the fifth inning. Reliever Cody White spelled Bastie and completed the no-hitter, striking out three and walking one in two innings of work.

The no-hitter was the second in Bastie’s career, but his first in TAPPS play. His other came in a wood bat tournament in the summer.

“We had an umpire who had a low strike zone,” Trinity head coach Donnie Watson said. “We’re always trying to take advantage of the strike zone if the guy is going to give us the low pitch down there. That’s where we make our money. They just had command tonight.”

Watson elected to go with his top hurler Tuesday because of the team’s almost week-long break caused by bad weather. Bastie came out of the game after throwing 60-plus pitches and should be ready to go in the Trojan’s first playoff game this weekend.

Bastie was disappointed that he couldn’t stay in to finish the no-no, but he understand the situatoin heading into the playoffs.

“Of course I’m a little disappointed about it, but he's is doing what’s best for the team,” Bastie said of his coach. "We’ve got a playoff game and he wants to make sure my arm is 100 percent.”

Both Trinity pitchers had plenty of room to breathe throughout the game with eight runs of support coming in two big innings. The Trojans drove in four in the second, two off a single from Ben Crabtree and two off a double from Michael Jarvie, who was thrown out at third trying to extend it to a triple.

Trinity scored four more in the fourth, highlighted by a two-run home run to right by Tom Postma.

“The run support was huge,” Bastie said. “[PCA pitcher Michael Sheehy] was leaving the ball up a little bit and his off-speed [stuff] wasn’t as low as it usually is, and we just took advantage of it.”

Prestonwood was left to reflect on its season, the first in which the Lions won’t have a shot at the TAPPS playoffs in program history.

“It’s a weird feeling because we’ve been to the playoffs every year,” PCA head coach Mike Maack said. “This is the first year we didn’t make it, and we reflect on the season and we spoiled a lot of opportunities early … This is a good learning experience. If nothing else, they’re going to build on this, and I’ve got all the confidence in the world the next year we’re going to come back a totally different team.”

Maack did have a bright spot in the game as freshman Cameron Yates pitched the final 3 1/3 innings without allowing a run on one hit while striking out three.

“He’s got a lot of guts for a ninth grader and he’s a competitor and he comes in and throws strikes,” Maack said. ”He doesn’t try to be fancy and that’s what you’ve got to do. Cameron just did a great job.”

Watson said he believes his team will be playing somewhere in the Houston area this weekend after finishing 7-5 in district play, finishing in third place over John Paul and behind Bishop Lynch and Argyle Liberty Christian, respectively.