Bentlage throws no hitter for Union - Sets new state record

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Union's Austin Bentlage was in the zone Tuesday night, throwing a no hitter and setting a new Missouri State Record for consecutive strikes in a single game.  The previous record was held by Ryan Austin, from Hume when he struck out 15 in a row back in 2007.

Union, Mo – Last night Union’s Austin Bentlage threw a no hitter, striking out 20 of 22 batters leading Union to a 3-0 win over New Haven.  Along with his no hitter, he also broke the Missouri State record for consecutive strikeouts in a single game, striking out 18 in a row.

Garrett Schoenfeld had a no hitter of his own through four and a third, giving up just two hits on the night and striking out four.  Bentlage was quick to complement Schoenfeld after the game. Bentlage said, “We had been hitting the ball pretty well but never could figure this pitcher [Schoenfeld] out.”

Garrett Schoenfeld threw a complete game, giving up two earned runs on two hits.

Union’s only two hits came in the fifth inning after Schoenfeld retired their leadoff hitter before Devon Fennessey reached on after a dropped third strike and would have been the second out in the inning.  The Wildcats went on to score three runs in the inning on their only two hits of the game.

Bentlage was a single strike away from pitching a perfect game, after he retired New Haven’s first two batters in the first inning.  Bentlage was ahead in the count, 2-1, before throwing three straight balls and walking Schoenfeld who would end up being the only Shamrock to reach on base.

New Haven's John Carrey stepped to the plate with two outs and New Haven's last hope.  Carrey was the only Shamrock to put the ball in play by laying down a bunt only to be thrown out at first.

After the out was recorded, Bentlage calmly walked off the mound no differnetly than anyother game.  A Humble and modest Bentlage said, “I am definitely excited and it is a great accomplishment.”

Bentlage walks off the mound; not realizing at the time that he had set a new state record and joined five other pitchers tied for third for the most strikeouts in a single game.  Tyler Abram holds the current record with 22 Ks.

Union Head Coach Ryan Baily said, “Austin was a pretty good pitcher his sophomore year but had arm problems, causing him to miss all of last season.  He started off the season having difficulty with his curve ball. This was just his fifth game on the year and by far the best he has ever looked.”

Bentlage was definitely in the “zone” throwing just 91 pitches, 66 of them for strikes.

Union will play Farmington this afternoon and then faceoff the undefeated powerhouse Pacific Indians on Thursday.

New Haven will head to Hermann on Thurs. seeking redemption after losing to them 8-0 just eight days ago.

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