For the first time since 1968 and for the fifth time in team history, the Eugene Emeralds have a no-hitter as Preston Morrison, Kyle Twomey, Luis Hernandez, and Trey Masek combined to keep the Everett Aqua Sox out of the hit column on Sunday in a 3-0 win.
Facing the best offense in the Northwest League, Morrison was perfect through three innings, striking out four batters. Meanwhile, the Emeralds’ offense provided a little breathing room in the third inning after Kevonte Mitchell singled, stole second, and scored on a base hit from Donnie Dewees.
The left handed Twomey replaced Morrison in the fourth and worked around a two out walk in the inning. Eugene would add another run in the fifth when Tyler Alamo singled and came home on a two out double from Mitchell. Twomey would go on to pitch three innings and had three strikeouts.
Hernandez took the hill in the seventh inning and set down the side in order, striking out two batters. However, Hernandez ran into some trouble in the eighth after he issued a walk to Everett’s Luis Liberato, who stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error. After striking out the next batter, Hernandez walked Conner Hale, who was replaced by pinch-runner Jordan Cowan. Cowan stole second, but Hernandez was able to get pinch-hitter Corey Simpson to line out to Blake Headley at third.
The 2013 fifth round draft pick Masek was summoned from the bullpen in the ninth. Masek spent all of 2014 out with an injury, and is just rounding back into form this season. The first batter of the inning was retired on a ground out, and shortstop Vimael Machin ranged into shallow left field to record the second out. Masek was able to get Logan Taylor to strike out swinging to give the Emeralds the no-hitter.