LAKE ZURICH – McHenry’s Devon Gehrke went 3 for 4 Friday and went the distance on the mound, striking out 12 Lake Zurich hitters in a 10-0 win over the Bears.
The senior allowed two harmless singles to Lake Zurich’s Joe Pizzolato.
The first ended Gehrke’s no-hit bid with two outs in the fourth inning.
“I was angry about that,’’ Gehrke said.
Pizzolato singled to lead off the seventh but was erased by one of two McHenry double plays.
The Warriors (6-3) were also hitless entering the third inning. Both Gehrke and teammate Cole Hoeppel-Tranter were hit by a pitch leading off the first and second innings. In all, five McHenry players got hit on a cold afternoon.
“It’s tough when it gets cold out,’’ McHenry coach Brian Rockweiler said.
The top of the third inning determined the game. Gehrke batted twice in the inning as McHenry sent 12 batters to the plate, and seven of them scored. The key hits belonged to Nick Svoboda (two-run double), Payton Lykins (RBI double), Hoeppel-Tranter (RBI single), Adam Mattson (RBI single) and sophomore Jack Glossen (RBI single).
“We had the one big inning and they had a couple of errors as well,’’ Rockweiler said.
That clearly was enough support for Gehrke. He struck out four of the first six Bears he faced.
“He threw strikes,’’ Rockweiler said. “He got ahead of their hitters and had all of his pitches working.”
The left-hander, headed to Mc-Henry County College next season, said he relied on his fastball to open the game.
“I threw the fastball and my curveball,’’ Gehrke said. “And then I went with my knuckleball.”
His perfect game vanished in the third inning when he walked a pair of hitters. In the fifth, he hit the leadoff hitter but helped erase that runner when he fielded a ground ball and started a double play.
Rockweiler was happy to see the Warriors put up the big inning and hold onto the lead.
“We are starting to come together,’’ he said. “We’ve had a couple of letdowns this year. We needed to get up and stay on the gas pedal.”
Hoeppel-Tranter opened the fourth inning with a double and scored the eighth run when Robert Nagel dropped a bunt. The final runs of the night came in the seventh. Svoboda opened the inning with his second double.
Gehrke’s RBI hit chased him home. Jordan Witbeck’s sacrifice fly scored the final run. Gehrke joined Hoeppel-Tranter and Svoboda as Warriors with two hits.