Three Tonka pitchers hurl no-hitter

Sports Editor

It isn’t often that fans will see a no-hitter in high school baseball.

Senior righthander Nate Shoemaker of the Minnetonka High baseball team is one of three Skippers who combined for a no-hitter in a 3-2 loss to Champlin Park. (Photo by Brian Flanary)
Senior righthander Nate Shoemaker of the Minnetonka High baseball team is one of three Skippers who combined for a no-hitter in a 3-2 loss to Champlin Park. (Photo by Brian Flanary)

What usually follows this kind of a gem is a wild celebration. And sometimes the pitcher is carried off the field.

That wasn’t the case in a recent game between the Minnetonka Skippers and the Champlin Park Rebels. Three Minnetonka pitchers – Nate Shoemaker, Burt Hedstrom and Connor Cutshall – combined on a no-hitter, but there was no celebration because the Skippers lost the non-conference game 3-2.

“We couldn’t get a run across until the seventh inning,” said Minnetonka head coach Paul Twenge. “We had our chance, when we had the tying run on first with two of our best hitters coming up.”

On the plus side, Minnetonka banged out 10 hits against the Rebels’ top two pitchers. The Skippers made three errors in the game, and they proved to be costly.

Following the loss to Champlin Park, Minnetonka bounced back nicely with a 9-2 victory over the Chanhassen Storm.

Nick Lommen and John Retterath pitched for the Skippers with Retterath picking up the victory.

“Our guys are working hard,” said Twenge. “Now it’s a matter of polishing our game. The guys know the steps we have to take. I like the fact we came back to beat Chanhassen following our loss, but it was kind of a messy game. We ended up with four hits and Chanhassen only had three hits. None of our hits came prior to the fifth inning.”

Pitching will be the Skippers’ strength this spring with two Division I scholarship players leading the staff. Sam Thoresen (Minnesota) and Jimmy Ramsey (Oregon) are among the state’s best, and as usual, the Skippers also have depth on their pitching staff.

Next for the Skippers is a Lake Conference game against Eden Prairie at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, at Minnetonka High’s Veterans Field.

The Skippers will go on the road Monday, April 24, in a 5 p.m. non-conference game at Owatonna.

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