Manvel's Fernandez no-hits Ball High for 23-5A lead


MANVEL — Manvel pitcher Damon Fernandez tossed a no-hitter at the Ball High Tornadoes (4-3) as the Mavs went on to win 6-2 to improve to 5-1 in league play which gives the Mavs the district lead.

All the damage was done in the second inning when the Mavericks scored all six of their runs on only two hits thanks to multiple miscues by the Tors.

"Galveston is a tough place to play, said Manvel head coach Kelly Kerlin. "The wind and the conditions make it difficult and we had to be really focused tonight. Ball High won district last year, but we rose up to the challenge tonight."

Leading hitters for the Mavs included Warren Laster who was 2-for-3 with one run scored and one RBI. Jonathan Jones was 1-for-3 with a two-run double and a run scored.

"When we get guys on, we can do some damage," Kerlin said. "We took advantage of some wild pitches, and that's what we focused on. Getting some knocks with guys in scoring position helps."

Fernandez allowed no hits and two runs with seven strikeouts and seven walks in 6 1/3 innings. Myles Simmons stepped in relief for 2/3 inning in the seventh frame and allowed no runs or hits to get the save.

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Jonathan Jones pitched a one-hit shut out for the Manvel Mavericks to get a 4-0 district win and improve the Mavs to 6-1 in league play.

Manvel scored a run in the bottom of the first and three in the fourth to give Jones all the run support he would need for the victory.

The Mavs managed only four hits as Warren Laster crossed the plate twice while Isaiah Walker and Isaiah Benevidez both scored a run each.

Jones went the distance to strike out 12 and walk three for the win.