WINNSBORO — No, no and no. Stanley McManus had that one response to Eau Claire batters looking to get a hit against him.
Through five innings Tuesday night, McManus was in a groove rarely seen in high school baseball. He struck out 13 Shamrocks and faced only two batters over the minimum. McManus did not walk a batter in completing the no-hitter gem.
That would be a fine stat line for an experienced senior pitcher, but what makes it all the more impressive is that McManus is just in the eighth grade. Displaying a poise beyond his years, he settled in and retired batter after batter.
He kept us his intensity, artfully mixing his pitches and showing just filthy stuff to the Shamrock hitters even as his team held a big lead.
Stanley McManus, who also plays catcher and infield, helped his cause at the dish, going 1 - 3 with a triple.
McManus’ teammates gave him plenty of run support in the 14-0 victory.
Infielder Compton Walker ignited the offense going 2 for 2 with a double, two stolen bases, one run batted in and by stealing two bases.
Infielder Markell Whitaker was 1 - 2 with a stolen base, two runs scored and one run batted in.
Center fielder Javaris Cook was 1 - 3 with a triple. Outfielder Nick Goins was 1 - 2 with a triple. Goins scored a run and drove in two more runs on the evening.
With the win Fairfield Central (2-2) improved to .500 on the season as the Griffins prepared for a 6 p.m. rematch with the Eagles of Richard Winn on Thursday night.