NAPERVILLE – Sometimes you just run into a hot pitcher.
Nazareth baseball failed in its bid to make state for the third year in a row after getting no-hit by Grayslake Central’s Kevin Peloza on Monday.
The Rams won 4-0 to claim the Class 3A North Central College supersectional and avenge last year’s loss to the Roadrunners in the same game.
Peloza had four walks and hit a batter, but was able to get out of early jams and retired 13 of the last 14 batters he faced. Naz had the first two batters reach in the second inning and left the bases loaded in the third.
“He was tough, but we did hit some balls on the nose,” said Naz assistant coach John Sime. “We left a lot of people on base.
“I’m extremely surprised that we got no-hit because we hit all year long. We can’t remember if our program has ever been no-hit before.”
The Rams scored an unearned run in the second inning and the score held at 1-0 until they scored three runs off of the Nazareth bullpen in the sixth inning.
Naz starting pitcher Jake Bartels pitched five innings, allowing just three hits and no walks.
The Roadrunners finished the season 27-12-1.