NORTH ADAMS -- Sean Davis had a job to do and knew exactly what he was doing the entire time.
The McCann Tech sophomore proved why he's the baseball team's No. 1 pitcher by firing a no-hitter against Mount Everett on Thursday, leading the Hornets to a 1-0 win. The victory keeps the Hornets alive in the postseason race with one game left on the schedule.
"It's incredible. A lot of times people say ‘I didn't know, I didn't know,' but I knew the whole game," Davis said. "It was in my stomach the whole time and I was nervous. Especially toward the end of the game. But I had confidence in my defense."
Davis wasn't perfect on the day, but the defense made sure he didn't need to be. He walked six Mount Everett batters and allowed his defense to turn three double plays.
The biggest double play came in the fourth inning. Everett's Aaron Martin worked a leadoff walk and then stole second. Davis struck out Erik Derwitsch and then struck out John Ornsbee as Martin took off for third base. Freshman catcher Charlie Bohl fired a strike to third baseman Dalton Nicholas who applied the tag, sending the Hornets into the dugout with a 1-0 lead still intact.
"They're incredible," Davis said. "I have good guys behind me. That goes a long way, it brings out confidence and that's what you need."
It was just the third varsity game behind the plate for Bohl -- one the freshman won't soon forget.
"It was cool, I'm just pumped to be a part of this game," Bohl said. "I'm happy I stopped the ball on that curve with a guy on third [in the fifth], because that might have ruined it.
"I was looking to coach for signs. I was getting pretty stressed out towards the end. I wanted to make sure I was calling the right pitches."
The Eagles struck out nine times in the contest and left two runners on base. Davis had to deal with runners in scoring position four times throughout the contest.
It's the second no-hitter of Davis' career at McCann Tech. He threw a five-inning no-hitter last season against Westfield Vocational to keep his team's season alive then.
"He was hitting his spots," McCann coach Pat Ryan said. "Missing here and there, which almost came back to hurt him, but he battled back and battled through it. Walks don't matter, as long as he keeps them from scoring."
McCann's offense struggled almost as much as Mount Everett's. The Hornets were struck out eight times and gathered just five hits off Derwitsch.
Justin Schneider hit an infield single to start the third inning for McCann and moved up on a sacrifice bunt from John LeClair. He moved to third on wild pitch and scored on T.J. Therrien's infield single. It was the last time the Hornets would threaten offensively.
The loss ends the season for Mount Everett, who entered the year as the defending Western Massachusetts Division III champions. The Eagles finish the season at 8-12.
"We are terrible hitting-wise," Mount Everett coach Jesse Carpenter said. "I don't think he was doing anything except throwing the ball right over the middle of the plate. This is pretty much par for the course for us."
McCann won't spend too much time celebrating the no-hitter. Without a win on Saturday against Pathfinder, Davis' accomplishment won't mean anything.
The Hornets will send Therrien to the mound in the must-win contest.
"I told the guys, ‘if that doesn't pump them up I don't know what can,' " Ryan said. "I've got T.J. Therrien throwing against Pathfinder. He's a senior, it's his last game. So we'll see what he can do."
McCann Tech 1, Mount Everett 0
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Erik Derwitsch and Arron Martin; Sean Davis and Charlie Bohl. W -- Davis; L -- Derwitsch.