LORDSTOWN — The Eye’s have it.
Former pro pitcher with the Milwaukee Brewers organization, Jake Eye coaches the Windham Bombers baseball team and he got to witness a pitching-gem in Lordstown on Monday.
Eye’s son, junior Chase Eye, was 1-out away from tossing a no-hitter but Jackson Widthrow broke it up with a base-hit in the bottom of the sixth. The Bombers got the final out and walked away with a 11-0 Northeastern Athletic Conference victory.
“I didn’t even know I had a no-hitter going,” Chase Eye said. “I asked my dad and he told me I did. I was disappointed that I didn’t finish it, but that’s baseball. It is what it is. I threw him a meat pitch, and he hit it well.”
It took a little while for the Bombers to get it going offensively, but junior shortstop Wyatt Hanshaw flew around the bases to put Windham up 2-0 in the top of the third.
“Chase pitched well,” Hanshaw said. “It took us a while to start hitting because Jacob Fleming is a good pitcher for Lordstown. We did what we had to do. We’re taking it one game at a time.”
Windham improves to 9-5 overall with a 8-4 record in conference. The Bombers will face Bristol in the upcoming tournament.
“The tournament is just around the corner,” Coach Eye said. “It’s down the road, and we don’t want to overlook anybody. But, we have a tough task with Bristol. Our bracket is tough.
“I like our team though. We hit well. I think we’ve played well all year. We’re much improved. We’re a dangerous team. We’ll see what happens.”
Chase Eye wants to face the best competition heading into the postseason.
“We’re getting ready,” he said. “We want to see the best pitching we can, down the stretch, because we know Bristol will throw their best pitcher at us in the tournament.”
With only eight total games played, the Red Devils fell to a record of 3-5 on the year.
“This was only our second home game of the season,” Lordstown coach Mitch Blake said. “We had nine straight games canceled because of rain. You should be comfortable at home. It’s like a strange place to us.”
The Bombers looked more at home than the Devils. Freshman Jack Eye knocked in a couple more runs to extend the lead for Windham.
“My brother pitched good today,” Jack Eye said. “I was rooting for him to get the no-hitter, but it was alright because I got to tease him, in the end, because he didn’t.”
His dad was impressed with the effort.
“I thought Chase pitched outstanding,” Coach Eye said. “He had good command of his stuff. He’s an athlete. He hits. He catches. He plays short. We’re four, or five deep in the pitching rotation. We needed him to throw strikes today, and he did.”
Sophomore JT Adams, who broke his hand during basketball season, healed up in time to take the mound for the Devils. Adams and Fleming are part of a Lordstown pitching staff that will face Brookfield when the tournament gets underway.
“We didn’t play clean today,” Blake said.
“If we can play clean against Brookfield, I think we’re going to shock them. When we’ve played clean, we’ve won. We had too many five out innings today. But, I’ve got a good bunch. The future looks pretty good.”