New Hartford senior hurler Dean Langman tossed a no-hitter against Tri-Valley League foe Rome Free Academy on Monday afternoon at RFA Stadium, en route to a 2-0 victory for the Spartans.
For Langman, it was his second career no-hitter as he no-hit Camden in last year’s season-opener. He struck out 12 and walked two in a 14-0 win. Monday was the second time this season that RFA has been no-hit with the first coming against host Saratoga Springs on April 21 in a 15-0 loss.
Langman flirted with perfection for the first four innings until RFA’s Ryan Marello reached on a throwing error. Marello was lifted for a pinch runner, Billy Tallarino, who was thrown out trying to steal second. Marello was RFA’s only base runner of the game.
Langman then retired the next eight batters to wrap up the gem, striking out six of them. Langman finished with 12 strikeouts and no walks.
“Probably after the third inning I felt like I loosened up and started to throw harder,” Langman said. “My two-seam had a lot of movement and it looked like they were going to square it up from the mound.”
New Hartford got on the board in the third inning after leadoff man Vinny Perrotta led the inning off with a single down the right field line off of RFA starting pitcher Aaron Simons. Perrotta moved into scoring position after a sacrifice bunt by Joe Murray. Perrotta scored from second on Will Locke’s single into right field.
Simons took the loss for the Black Knights, tossing three innings, giving up the run on three hits while issuing three walks and striking out four.
“He was just fantastic, from the start of the game right through the end, right through the last out,” said New Hartford head coach Kevin Green of Langman. “It was just a really neat thing to watch a kid go out and perform. Today was just a dominant performance.”
“We’ve had an up and down year. This is something to build on,” Green added.
The Spartans scored the second and final run of the game after Locke led off the sixth inning with a single off of RFA reliever Riley Brawdy which went past shortstop Cole Donnelly. Juliano Macera pinch ran for Locke and he moved to second on a bunt by Tyler Moran. Macera scored after Ryan Brooks singled into left field and the ball was misplayed in the outfield.
Brawdy tossed the final four innings, giving up a run on three hits and he struck out four.
“The kid threw well,” RFA head coach Evan Howard said. “We saw him last year and he’s got one of the better curveballs around and he was painting his fastball and he pitched a very good game.
“We didn’t really change our approach the second time through the lineup. We tried to widen up and get the barrel through the zone quicker. We didn’t make those adjustments. I tip my cap to the kid,” Howard said.
RFA, which dropped its fourth straight game, fell to 5-11 on the season. The Black Knights face the 4-11 Spartans again on Wednesday in New Hartford at 4:30. The Black Knights traveled to Whitesboro this afternoon.