Intercounty Baseball League records the first ever no hitter in a playoff game as it begins the semi-finals.

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August 16th, 2018



The InterCounty Baseball League moved into the semi-finals where four teams will play to determine which two will be in the finals.

Getting to this point was covered in history.

The IBL is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

To make that event really significant the Toronto Leafs defeated the Guelph Royals 6-2 for the first playoff no-hitter in IBL history.

No hitter game IBL

An historic game. Photo credit: RS Konjek

Zach Sloan (1-1) started and went six innings, walking five and striking out seven. Both runs allowed were unearned. Marek Deska pitched the last three innings for the save, striking out three.

The last IBL no-hitter came in 2003, when Barrie’s Derek McDaid kept St. Thomas hitless in a seven-inning game.

Rob Patterson was the last Leafs’ pitcher to throw a no-no, doing so in 2000 in another seven-inning game against London.

The last nine-inning no-hitter was thrown in 1977, when future major leaguer Jesse Orosco blanked Guelph in a 15-0 win.

Offensively, Garret Takamatsu went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs. Aaron Hornostaj had three hits and two runs, Marcus Knecht had two hits, two stolen bases and an RBI, Zach Orchard drove in two, and Connor Lewis singled and scored.

Ethan Mohan and Sean Reilly scored for Guelph as the Royals scored twice in the sixth inning thanks to a pair of Toronto errors.

Yomar Concepcion (1-1) took the loss, giving up four runs on eight hits over six innings. He walked three and struck out three.

The Best-of-seven Dominico Cup semifinals will have Hamilton playing against Barrie; Kitchener playing against Toronto.

Burlington Herd was defeated by the Barrie Baycats in the quarter finals.

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