It’s nearly impossible to win a baseball game when your team doesn’t get any hits.
The Pekin baseball team fell into that predicament Thursday.
Peoria Richwoods pitchers Tyler Kapraun and Joel Freyman combined for a no-hitter and Richwoods beat the visiting Dragons 3-0 in a non-conference game.
Kapraun went the first 6 1/3 innings for the Knights (3-1) before he had to leave the mound because of the IHSA pitch-count rule. He had thrown 102 pitches entering the top of the seventh and he exceeded 105 pitches after he retired the first Pekin batter.
Had Kapraun not walked five, he might have been able to finish the game. He fanned five.
Freyman, who had been playing centerfield, retired the final two Pekin hitters, striking out one.
“Kapraun pitched a good game,” said Pekin coach Larry Davis. “He mixed up his fastball, changeup and curveball.”
Pekin’s best chance to score came in the fourth, when the Dragons (1-1) loaded the bases with one out on an error, walk and hit batter. The final two hitters each flew out to leftfield.
Nathan Righi pitched a solid game for Pekin. He went six innings, allowing five hits and one walk. He struck out five. Only one of the three runs he gave up was earned.
The Dragons made just one error behind him, but it was costly.
Noah Diederich had the big hit for Richwoods, a two-run single in the third.
NEXT: Peoria Notre Dame at Pekin, 4:15 p.m. Thursday (home opener).
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