No-hit­ter

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Aaron Pur­cell-Pil­grim tossed a no-hit­ter for the Cor­ner Brook Barons against the St. John’s Cap­i­tals in a 2-1 loss in an ex­tra-in­ning af­fair in the fi­nal show­down at the At­lantic Midget Baseball Qual­i­fier Tour­na­ment Mon­day in St. John’s.

Aaron Pur­cell-Pil­grim is proud of his com­mand­ing per­for­mance, but he’s feel­ing the sting of not be­ing able to get the win for his team.

Pur­cell-Pil­grim tossed a no­hit­ter for the Cor­ner Brook Barons against the St. John’s Cap­i­tals in a 2-1 loss in an ex­tra-in­ning af­fair in the fi­nal show­down at the At­lantic Midget Baseball Qual­i­fier Tour­na­ment Mon­day in St. John’s.

The tal­ented south­paw had his Barons ahead 1-0 when he took to the hill in the top of the eighth in­ning know­ing he was only 11 pitches away from hit­ting the max­i­mum 105 pitches al­lowed per game dur­ing the tour­na­ment.

He ended up walk­ing the first two guys in the home half of the eighth to give the Cap­i­tals life and was re­placed by re­liever Gar­rett An­der­son.

The two baserun­ners moved up 90 feet into scor­ing po­si­tion when a passed ball al­lowed both guys to scoot closer to home.

An­der­son got the next guy to fly out to left field to score the run­ner from third to even the con­test at one run apiece, but then a field­ing er­ror on an in­field grounder al­lowed the win­ning

run to score from third.

“It’s pretty as­tound­ing. It’s not very easy to throw a no-hit­ter. It don’t come very of­ten,” Pur­cell-Pil­grim said mo­ments af­ter the loss.

The Barons posted a 3-1 round-robin record that in­cluded

a 5-2 loss at the hands of the hard-hit­ting Cap­i­tals, but Pur­cell-Pil­grim was dis­ap­pointed with the out­come be­cause he be­lieves his team had the Cap­i­tals on their heels for most of the game.

“We de­served to win. It’s just

heart­break­ing,” he said. “It was a tough one so now we’’ll have to get them at provin­cials.”

Barons coach Chris­tian Ware­ham was im­pressed with his young pitcher’s com­po­sure as he bat­tled hard and threw strikes on a con­sis­tent ba­sis as he hit his spots al­most at will.

“He pitched a hell of a game. To no-hit the Caps you got to pitch a solid game,” Ware­ham said. “One thing that the Cap­i­tals can do is they can hit so for him to go in there and shut them down like that I mean that’s just amaz­ing.”

The Cap­i­tals will now rep­re­sent New­found­land and Labrador at the At­lantic Midget Baseball Cham­pi­onship next month in Prince Ed­ward Is­land.

For now, Pur­cell-Pil­grim will wait pa­tiently for an­other shot at the Cap­i­tals next month when brag­ging rights to the pro­vin­cial AAA midget crown is de­cided.

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Aaron Pur­cell-Pil­grim tossed a no-hit­ter in the fi­nal at the At­lantic midget base­ball qual­i­fier tour­na­ment, but his Cor­ner Brook Barons lost 2-1 in the ex­tra-in­ning af­fair that saw the Cap­i­tals score two runs in the home half of the eighth in­ning to...

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