“I got a lot of help on ‘D,’” said Delzell, who struck out eight batters and had a no-hitter going until Glendale’s Bennett Koss singled and brought home the third run for the Nitros in the fifth inning. “And I just tried to throw strikes.”
Said Hoover Coach Joe Cotti: “[Delzell] was composed and he worked out of different jams. The team as a whole made the necessary plays.”
The Tornadoes (9-14, 5-10 in league) backed up their pitcher at the plate, jumping on his counterpart, Skyler Ku, in the first inning and scoring two runs — both unearned.
Ku gave up all five of his runs in the first two innings. With two outs in the second, Hoover’s Robert Guerrero belted a two-out double that scored Shara Aivazi and John Rivera. Anthony Cuccinello picked up Guerrero with an infield single.
“I just looked at pitches, listened to coaches and adjusted to the strike zone,” said Guerrero, who had a nice day at the plate, going three for four with two runs batted in, three runs scored, and coming a home run shy of hitting for the cycle.
Cuccinello was the only other Hoover batter to record multiple hits. Catcher Bobby Romero singled home Guerrero in the seventh inning, a run that wasn’t needed as the Nitros couldn’t make enough noise to prevent Delzell from getting the complete game.
Ku left the game after five innings and an impressive 10 strikeouts, but it was costly errors on the Glendale (4-13, 3-11) side and not much support from the plate that ultimately did him in.
The offense didn’t score an earned run, something that Glendale Coach Jesus Osuna said will come with more discipline.