MARION, Ill-What’s so great about the game of baseball is you never know when something special is going to happen. Tonight was one of those nights for baseball fans that attended the game at Rent One Park that featured the Evansville Otters vs the Southern Illinois Miners.
Shane Weedman faced a total of 29 batters in the game. His line was nine innings, zero runs, zero hits, two walks and 11 strikeouts.
“My fastball had some juice on it tonight, and it felt good coming out of my hand. To be honest, I really couldn’t find my breaking ball until the fourth or fifth inning. Once I found that and got everything going it was easy from there,” said Weedman.
There is an unwritten rule in the dugout that if a pitcher has something special going, he is to be left alone. That was right on queue here.
“Well nobody was talking to me. I really didn’t know what was going on to be honest until about the seventh inning. I looked up at the scoreboard as soon as we scored and saw that. First thing I did was put it in the back of my head. It’s been a nail-biter the whole game.”
On where this sits and how special it is for Weedman, he replied, “This is at the top of ranks. I threw a no-hitter in college, but that does not compare to this. This is professional baseball. These guys I’m facing are top-notch guys or they wouldn’t be here. It’s just unbelievable.”
The game was scoreless through the first six innings of play. The Otters (1-1) scored a single run in the seventh. They added two more in the eighth and a final run in the ninth for a final score of 4-0.
The no-hitter was the second in the Otter franchise, and the first nine-inning no-hitter. The first was part of a double –header, as it was only a seven-inning game.
The series between the Otters and Miners concludes Sunday at 5:05 CST.