Clipped From Poughkeepsie Journal
Roach no - hits Quakers By Donn Bsmonde The fans at Stltiel Field who braved a third - Inning downpour Frl - day night were well rewarded for their discomfort by Poughkeepile Lasers hurler Jim Roach. The big right - hander hurled the first Hudson Valley Rookie League no - hitter of hit career to blank the Pawling Quakers 7 - 0. The victory enabled Poughkeepile to advance to the best - of - three Northern Division playoffs against Kingston, beginning tonight at 7 o'clock at Diets Stadium In Kingston. The only Inning In which Roach appeared to lose his poise a bit was the sixth, when he hit a batter and threw a wild pitch. "In the sixth, I started trying to aim the ball Instead of Just throwing It tike I should have been." said Roach. It almost cost him the no - hltter, as Tim Netllgan pulled a ball just outside the bag at third. "It was close, but foul by about a foot," said Laser third sacker Larry Johnson. Roach regained his composure to fan Nelllgan looking with a screwball. "That was my best pitch tonight, the screwball," he said. "My fastball was working well and the curve was o.k." The Quakers managed to hit only two balls to the outfield off Roach, who struck out three and walked one. Laser second baseman Al Vlani made a spectacular play In the first Inning which became even bigger as the game wore on. Vianl raced into short right field to make a running, over - the - head grab of Tom Nelllgan's line drive. While the Laser players made no mention of the no - hltter to Roach dur - bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbTbsbbbbbbbbbbbbbbI BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBkBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBH ssbbbbbbbbbbbH v''sssssssssssssi BsssssssssssssssssssssssV JIHBssHssssssssssssssssssssssssssI sssssssssssssssssssssssssV jrJf' il sassssssssssf tf'Jff 'asssssssH LLHrwassssssB sssssssB SW ssssssssssfl VtWtA', :.BSSBBBBBBBBBsi SSBBBBBsf JsB CSSBBBBBBBBBBsl F'BjlaBsssssssI Lasers' Jim Roach ...pitching a no - hltter Ing the game, they were well aware of what was happening. "In the late innings (with Poughkeepile leading 6 - 0), I told our dut - flelders to take a chance on any balls hit out there," said first baseman John Roach, Jim's brother. They didn't have to, however, as Roach retired the heart of the batting order easily In the seventh, striking out Brad Coombs swinging for the final out. The Lasers gave Roach all the support he needed In the first inning. Jumping to a 2 - 0 lead off loser Larry Jackson. Leadof f man Clem Caprara walked, moved to third catcher Howie Brltton's errant pickoff throw, and scored on John Alley's single. Alley stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Ken Boshart. Poughkeepile, which posted a 17 - 6 mark this season, reached Jackson and reliever - Doug Shelters for 12 hits and scored at least once In every Inning. John Roach and Gene Baker, each with, three hits, were the big guns In the Laser attack. Pawling finished its season at 8 - 15.