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May 7, 2014

Around the Horn: Pingree hurlers enjoy two rare combined no-hitters

It’s rare for a high school baseball team to have teammates that have each thrown no-hitters.

On the Pingree bench, there are an incredible five pitchers that can turn to each other and know what it was like to pitch in one of those magical situations.

The Highlanders, remarkably, have thrown back-to-back combined no-hitters in their last two games.

It all began Friday against Beaver Country Day. Junior Jeff DePiero was untouchable at the start, and Rob Van Tuyl and Griffin Beal each threw an inning to finish off the no-no. Then Monday against Landmark, Beal threw the first three frames and senior Prakirn Upbhyay and Kevin Moyette each went one inning to make two no-hitters in a row.

With so many moving pieces, it wasn’t easy for everyone to keep up the superstitions of leaving the pitchers alone during the no-hit bids. The Highlanders made it work.

“To be entirely honest when I went into the game, and even when I left the game, I had no clue we had a no-hitter going on,” said Van Tuyl, a co-captain from Marblehead. “It’s one of those things you’re not supposed to talk about in the dugout while it’s happening, so I was not reminded.

Having pieced together two no-hitters in a row is something you don’t see a lot and is a pretty exciting stat to see, but it plays right into the pitching strength we had coming into the season. So I’m also glad to see that working out.”

Pingree (5-5) is starting to play the kind of nearly flawless defense that’s usually the hallmark of their program. That’s been a big lift for their incredibly deep pitching staff, which also includes sophomore Cal Perry.

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