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Rich throws no-hitter to pace Menlo to third place in tourney

 

Davis Rich put the exclamation point on Menlo School's third-place baseball finish in the annual Cunningham Classic by tossing a complete-game no-hitter in a 5-0 victory over Capuchino on Saturday at Bellarmine Prep in San Jose.

Rich retired the first 10 batters straight before losing a perfect game on his own throwing error to first base on a bunt. He then walked a batter before retiring the final 11 hitters.

"Davis Rich's pitching performance today is the best high school pitching performance I have personally coached," said Menlo coach Ryan Cavan, in his second year.

It was Rich's first win of the season in only his second start. He struck out only two and relied on his teammates for 19 of the 21 outs.

"The defense scooped up every ball hit today," said Cavan, whose team improved to 12-2.

Rich threw 17 of 23 first-pitch strikes and needed just 75 pitches total over seven innings, averring 10.7 pitches per inning.

"Ben Somorjai called an incredible game and deserves all the credit," Cavan said of his junior catcher. "Ben is as smart as any coach behind the plate and I was really proud of the way Davis and Ben worked together during the course of the game . . . No-hitters are a rare gem they both may never experience again. The no-hitter was a collective effort between the two of them and the guys on defense. Davis never gets the no-hitter without great defense."

The offense was led by Somorjai and David Farnham. Each had two hits. Somorjai's double highlighted a four-run second inning. With two strikes, he blasted the ball into left-center field off the fence while Farnham blasted two over the fence for solo homers.

"David Farnham's hitting performance is the best hitting performance I have seen all season," Cavan said.

Carson Gampell also had two hits for Menlo.

The two defensive plays of the game were by Chandler Yu and Griff McGarry. Both made excellent plays on their backhands, saving potential base hits and allowing Rich to get his no-hitter.

"What makes it so great is obviously the result and outcome," said Cavan, "but what the fans did not see was the commitment that Davis Rich made to this baseball season before the season started in the weight room. This performance was a clear result of his work ethic in the offseason."

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Menlo School Athletics

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