Creighton Prep trounces Legion Blue in tourney opener

NEW ULM – Dillon O’Doherty threw a one-hit complete-game shutout against New Ulm Legion Blue to propel Creighton Prep (Neb.) to a 9-0 victory to kick off the 2014 Upper Midwest Classic on Thursday at Johnson Park.

O’Doherty notched seven strikeouts while walking three Blue batters. He went 6 2/3 innings without surrendering a hit.

“[O’Doherty had a] great curveball, changed it up a lot,” said Blue coach Mike Munce. “It kept the kids off balance.”

The no-hitter was broken up by Brandon Beranek who beat the throw on a cleanly fielded single to the shortstop. Beranek advanced to second on a passed ball during the next at-bat, which ended with Matt Rowley grounding out to the third baseman.

Creighton Prep struck early with Enoch Culliver and Jason Allberry scoring the first two runs of the game after singling. Craig Petrich drove in Culliver on a fielder’s choice and Brandon Bena drove in Allberry two at-bats later.

Creighton Prep struck again in the third with Petrich batting in Allberry with a stand-up double before being driven in by Bena on a one-out sac fly to center field.

After Culliver batted in John Sakowski for a 5-0 lead, Allberry hit a three-run home run to give Creighton Prep a comfortable 8-0 lead. Petrich was driven in by Bena in the sixth with both hitting a double each in that inning.

O’Doherty walked the first batters of the first and second innings, but did not allow Blue to get much outside of that. Of O’Doherty’s seven strikeouts, four were caught looking.

Alex Guggisberg got the loss for Blue. He gave up eight runs – seven earned – on 10 hits in five innings pitched.

Blue returns to the diamond at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, when it faces Bloomington at Johnson Park.

Creighton Prep will be at Mueller Park, where it will play Sleepy Eye for a 3:30 p.m. game.

N.U. Blue 000 000 0 – 0 1 0

Creigh. Prep 202 401 x – 9 12 1

Guggisberg, Stark (6) and Schwartz; D O’Doherty and Thompson.

W – D O’Doherty (C) 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K

L – Guggisberg (B) 5 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 0 K

Leading hitters – N.U. Blue: Beranek 1-2 1 BB; Creigh. Prep: Culliver 3-4 1 RBI 2 R, Allberry 3-4 3 RBI 3 R HR, Petrich 2-4 2 RBI 2 R 2-2B, Bena 2-3 3 RBI 1 HP 2B.

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