South's Hebert throws 15th no-hitter in CIC history

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | May 17, 2022

A no-hitter was just about the only thing the South baseball team hadn’t accomplished during its 36-game winning streak.

Curtis Hebert changed that Monday night.

The senior right-handed pitcher threw the third no-no in school history and the 15th in the Cook Inlet Conference since 1994, needing 105 pitches to record 21 outs in a 6-1 non-league victory over Wasilla in the Valley.

Hebert racked up 11 strikeouts, five groundouts and five flyouts in his complete-game gem to record the first South no-hitter since Jonny Homza in 2016.

His night didn’t feature an auspicious start as he hit the first batter of the game on an 0-2 count and awarded him second base on a wild pitch. But he settled down to strike out the side.

He retired 12 straight batters before walking Wasilla’s George McSorely to lead off the fifth inning.

Hebert finished with four walks, including two to start the seventh inning, when he lost his shutout.

Only two of the 15 no-hitters in CIC history were not shutouts, with the 2015 no-no thrown by West’s Sean Duffy in a 5-1 win over East being the other.

Hebert also helped himself at the plate, going 3-for-4 with an RBI. The Wolverines (19-0) also got runs batted in from Oliver Brown, Skyler Sugita and Ben Neuberger.

Wasilla pitcher Dayton Greer went the distance for the Warriors (11-5), scattering eight hits and allowing only three earned runs against the state’s most potent offense that usually wins by mercy rule.

Hebert also gave Greer a tip of the cap.

Hebert and Greer weren’t the only gamers on the field. Home plate umpire James Taylor also came to play.

Taylor was hit by a pitch in the second inning and his hand swelled up quickly, but he didn’t come out of the game.