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Jacobs had lost a few frustrating games recently, so the Golden Eagles really frustrated someone else Thursday — chiefly rival Dundee-Crown and pitcher Ahren Ludwig.
The junior left-hander threw a no-hitter for the full seven and then also for the first two outs of an extra inning before the Golden Eagles found a way to scrape out a first hit off him and then score for a 1-0 Fox Valley Valley victory.
“We’ve seen a lot of good arms this year,” Jacobs coach Jamie Murray said. “He’s probably one of the top two or three arms we’ve seen all year. He’s going to pitch at the next level.”
Ludwig struck out seven, walked six and left in the eighth after allowing a single on a 3-2 pitch by Ryan Sargent with two outs.
Ludwig had gone beyond his pitch count, and his teammates hadn’t managed to score off Jacobs starter Reilly Peltier or reliever Jake Jemmi.
“I didn’t hit my spot, didn’t hit the spot I wanted,” Ludwig said of Sargent’s hit.
Then Jamie Murray drew a walk off reliever Dan Denz and Grant Kale ended the game with an RBI single to left to keep Jacobs (19-11, 12-4) in first place in the division by half a game.
“He’s a great pitcher,” Kale said of Ludwig, who has thrown one-hitters before but never a no-hitter. “Honestly, he had us fooled the whole time. We couldn’t do anything against him.
“But we also had a great pitcher going, too, Reilly. He was throwing hard, he was throwing well, too. This was a huge win for us.”
Ludwig (4-3) pitched out of a bases-loaded jam with two out in the second, then cruised until leaving in the eighth after Sargent’s single. All along teammates were well aware of the no-hitter he had going.
“They tried to mention no-hitter and I was like, ‘Don’t, don’t jinx it,’” Ludwig said.
Peltier left after allowing just four hits in six innings. He struck out 10, but walked four and hit five batters. So Peltier was pitching in and out of trouble throughout the game. D-C left 13 on base against him and left the bases loaded in the fourth and fifth.
The Chargers (12-14, 8-7) put the first two runners on in the top of the eighth against Jacobs reliever Jake Jemmi (3-1), who got two strikeouts and a groundout to escape the jam and pick up the win.
“Any time you lose in extra innings it’s tough, and especially 1-0,” D-C coach Jon Anderson said. “You tip your hats to both pitchers. They did a nice job.
“(Ludwig) did a nice job of keeping their hitters off balance. He went out and threw strikes and that’s what you ask your pitchers to do.”