It’s been a bumpy road in the early going for the Wilson Rams in the first half of the American Legion summer baseball season, with game cancellations and rescheduling due to complications with scheduled field demolition at Wilson.
But for a while all the insanity was forgotten on Tuesday afternoon, as Brady O’Keefe and Jared Horner combined on a no-hitter over five innings and the Rams topped Wollochet by a score of 11-0 to take the first half of the double header at Wilson Field.
“Jared and I would get a little ribbing occasionally between innings reminding us of the ‘no-pressure situation,’” said O’Keefe, who threw the first three innings and finished with six strikeouts and two walks.
Horner had a different approach to the drama. “If I have good stuff in the bullpen before the game, I will usually take it with me to the mound and today was no exception,” he said. “Brady and I were both on today.”
Horner would finish with five strikeouts and only one walk to receive the win.
Wilson won the nightcap 11-7 as Evan Stout would pick up the win for Rams by going four strong innings. The win vaulted Wilson to 7-2 on the young season, with a weekend date at Foss and the Tugs Memorial tournament upcoming.
“This is always a good, competitive field, with the likes of Foss and two-time winner Olympic involved, so we’ll have to be ready,” said Wilson head coach Doug Rupe.
The tournament honors past coaches of any sport at Foss who have passed on.