Hien, Walinski combine on no-hitter

Hien, Walinski combine on no-hitter

Randall Hien, of the Lincoln Little League's Tigers team, fired a no-hitter thorough five innings to lead the Tigers to a 4-0 win over the Smithfield Little League Giants in an interleague contest. Hope Walinski closed out the game by striking out the side in order in the final inning.

LINCOLN - Randall Hien pitched five innings of no-hit ball and Hope Walinski finished off the game by fanning the side in order as the Lincoln Little League Tigers downed the Smithfield Giants 4-0 at Whipple Field in an interleague contest last week.

In the bottom of the first inning, Hien struck out three straight batters, throwing only 11 pitches.

In the second, third, fourth and fifth innings, Hien had two strikeouts per inning, and solid support from the fielders handling fly balls to render the Giants scoreless and hitless.

The home team Giants were playing competitively, with their starting pitcher only allowing two hits in four innings, but the Tigers were up to the task.

In the top of the fourth, Smithfield walked Jack Walsh, Ben Poirier and Catal Ormando to load up the bases. Matthew Walsh's sacrifice fly brought home brother Jack, with Poirier and Ormando crossing home plate during Darien Carney's at bat, putting the Tigers up 3-0.

In the top of the sixth, Ormando hit a double, ultimately scoring the Tigers' fourth run.

In other action last week, the Turner Sales Hornets belted the Smithfield Dodgers, 17-7; Hercules Pizza Lions topped the Santoro Oil Cubs, 14-5; Hornets beat the Smithfield Indians, 10-4, and the Providence Auto Body Tigers topped the Smithfield Cardinals, 12-6.

The Tigers are in first place at 11-2, followed by the Lions, 10-3; Cardinals, 8-5; Bears, 6-6; Hornets, 5-9, and the Cubs, 0-13.

In the Triple AAA Minor Division, the King's Towing Red Sox lead the way at 9-2, followed by Piezonis Mets, 5-1-1; Elite Physical Therapy Orioles, 5-5-1; Flash Powder Photo Angels, 4-4; Dupuis Oil Rockies, 2-6-1, and the Pauly Penta's Deli Yankees, 0-12.