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Del Oro's Heyer tosses no-hitter against Colfax

By: Journal sports staff
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Keith Heyer had good stuff.

The right-handed Del Oro senior pitcher walked two batters and hit one on Thursday against visiting Colfax, but allowed no hits through seven innings to help earn first-year Eagles baseball coach Jeff Dietrich his first victory, 2-0.

“I’d have taken anything,” Dietrich said when asked if he was glad to get his first win. “I’m very happy for Keith. He deserves it. He put a lot of work in during the offseason.”

Heyer struck out nine and also went 2 for 3 from the plate.

Dietrich said senior Adam Pettigrew caught a good game in the no-hitter.

“He’s a bright spot on our team and did a great job behind the dish today,” the coach said.

Dietrich thought the team played better as a whole than in Tuesday’s 2-0 loss at Folsom, where the Eagles gave eight guys a free pass to first base.

Del Oro (1-1) finally got on the board for the first time this season when Therin Heryford had a two-out, RBI single in the fifth. The Eagles added an insurance run off a sixth-inning single by Zach LaBar, who went 2 for 3 on the day.

Heyer, an ace who also plays shortstop, had success with four pitches against Colfax (0-2).

“His cutter was going, he threw a nasty one to the first batter,” Dietrich said. “He had good movement. His fastball, curve and changeup were good too. He kept them off balance. He’s got an 83-84 mile fastball, a good curveball. He had a lot of balance.”

The Eagles return to the diamond on March 12 when they travel to Oak Ridge. The first pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Colfax hosts Rio Linda Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.