BROOKFIELD – Three times this year Will Kincanon has pitched a one-hitter.
He finally got his no-hitter and did it on a big stage.
The Riverside Brookfield junior no-hit Montini in a tense 1-0 Bulldog win in the final of the Class 3A RB regional at Ehlert Park in Brookfield.
No. 5 seed RB (32-4) advances to face top sectional seed Nazareth in a sectional semifinal on Wednesday. No. 4 Montini finishes the season 21-9.
Kincanon retired the first 12 batters. Chris Bartosz reached to lead off the fifth inning after striking out on a ball in the dirt that catcher Justin Agne threw over the first baseman.
Two batters later Kincanon induced a double play that featured a nice scoop by first baseman Thomas Leary. Kincanon struck out counterpart Ben Dobosenski, his ninth of the game, for the final out and faced the minimum.
“I’m that guy that knows after the first inning when I have my good stuff so I feel like I can do it every game I come out with my good stuff,” Kincanon said. “The score is 1-0 in a regional final. I’m just trying to win. Last year we didn’t win with me on the mound so I wanted to get it back.”
Dobosenski also had good stuff and struck out seven in a complete game.
C.J. Duffek and Leary singled to open the top of the first inning. Kincanon drove in Duffek with a sacrifice fly and that was all the offense RB could muster.
“Ben pitched the best game of the season,” said Montini coach Bob Landi. “What are you going to do? One-nothing. Can you get any better high school baseball than that? It really is a good game. It’s a tough game to lose.”
“I don’t recall in my 11 years seeing a better pitched game at the high school level,” said RB coach Dallas Till. “Today he seemed to have a little more pop on his fastball than normal. He was well rested so I expected that and I knew he’d be dialing it up a notch. He got to school early this morning and stretched out. He’d been waiting for this. He’s a big game pitcher.”