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Garrie Nolan’s gem gives Unique diamond sweep
Garrie Nolan accomplished several things Wednesday night. He won about 10 bets, took sweet revenge on former tormentors and broke the back of a slump/
Nolan, in the midst of a rather miserable season, pitched the first no-hitter of his career as Windsor Unique Business Machines blanked Detroit Cole-Erwin in the nightcap of a doubleheader at Windsor Stadium.
Unique took both games 3-2 and 2-0.
Things have been going bad for the hurler this season. “I don’t think I’ve won a game in my last seven starts,” he said. “I’ve had two one-hitters and lost ‘em both, one against Cole-Erwin in which I got beat 6-5.”
Some of the credit for his return to form was given to a different method in throwing.
He described the new styles as a “semi- knuckle” delivery. He began experimenting with the new style in recent practices and decided Wednesday was the time to try it.
Nolan said he didn’t know he had a no-hitter until he was told at the end of the game.
Two Erin players, Reggie Erwin and Leroy Siebert, left for the showers in the fourth inning arguing about Nolan’s pitching technique.
Nolan pitched to one batter in the fourth when the pair walked claiming that Nolan was walking off the mound. One Erwin player spread lime in front of the mound and smoothed out the dirt to leave fresh ground in the hope of recording Nolan’s footprint in a spot where it should have been.
Nolan faced 22 men, striking out 11. The only men to reach first base came on a walk in the first (he was erased on a steal attempt) and an error in the seventh.
Gord Plenderleith led Unique with two hits in tree at-bats. Roger Awad and Plenderleith drove in the runs.
In the first game pitcher Bill Noble saved his own skin with a game-winning single in the seventh.
Unique was down 2-1 going into the final half inning and Ted Zalba was safe on a two-base error by third baseman Howie Cohen to ignite the rally.
Craig Halliday then singled to centre, scoring Zalba, to tie it. Halliday went to second on the throw to the plate and scored the winner when Noble singled.
Noble, in addition to his hitting feats, pitched a two-hitter and fanned five.
Halliday had a perfect record, going three-for-three to lead the Unique hitting.
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