CIC League Day 8: Greenhalgh fires CIC’s 14th no-hitter

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | May 12, 2022

West 5, Bartlett 0

Caden Greenhalgh threw the 14th no-hitter in Cook Inlet Conference history, needing just 80 pitches to record 21 outs and make history at Mulcahy Stadium.

The right-handed pitcher struck out two hitters and faced just 22 batters, one above the minimum. He worked around four walks, getting two erased on double plays and another on a caught stealing.

This is the first no-hitter in the CIC since 2019 and the third in West history, joining Randy Aquino in 1994 and Sean Duffy in 2015.

There always seems to be a great defensive play tied to a no-hitter and this one was no different as West left fielder Cyrus Clendaniel robbed Bartlett’s Kevin Tapia with a leaping catch in the second inning.

The Eagles (4-9, 2-2 CIC) turned a 6-4-3 double play in the third inning and an 8-4 twin killing in the fifth inning. In the sixth inning catcher Evan Fitzgerald threw out a baserunner trying to steal third base to give Greenhalgh 18 up, 18 down.

In the seventh, he walked Eli Corwin to lead off and got Luke Helgeson to ground out to first base, allowing Corwin to second. Bartlett’s leading hitter Carl Colavecchio was intentionally walked and Greenhalgh got the final two outs on groundballs.

The final out came when third baseman Michael Tillman threw a strike to first base to end the game and make Greenhalgh only the 14th CIC pitcher since 1992 to throw a no-no.

In an era when people celebrate abbreviated no-hitters like it’s the real deal, this was the genuine article.

Offensively, Paul Dittrich went 2-for-2 with a walk, RBI, stolen base and two runs. Clendaniel and Gabe Caternicchio also had RBIs for West.  

Bartlett’s Andre Jameson drew two of his team’s four walks and the Golden Bears (6-7, 0-4 CIC) made several nice defensive plays. Both catchers, John Grantier and Corwin, each threw out baserunners and first baseman Nick Brandal made a nice catch against the fence in foul territory.