Castellanos’ no-hitter one for ages

Tuxedo junior Joe Castellanos’ quest for his first career no-hitter added another chapter Friday.

Remember it was Castellanos, who held Eldred without a hit for seven innings on April 24 but he was not credited with an official no-hitter because he left the game with two outs in seventh inning. His replacement allowed a hit on the next pitch and Castellanos reentered and recorded the final out.

This time, 16 days later, Castellanos held Eldred hitless again for seven innings but not without another unusual finish. Castellanos picked off a runner at second base to end the game and complete his 18-strikeout, no-no in a 3-1 win.

“He was all excited,” Tuxedo coach Marco Margotta said. “He was excited that we won the game. That’s all that he was concerned about. That was really his focus. He asked me after the game, ‘Did I get the no-hitter?’”

Castellano’s pitching numbers in two starts against Eldred this spring are absolutely astounding – 14 innings, 0 hits, 3 walks, 36 strikeouts.

Eldred extended Friday’s game in the seventh inning with two outs on a slow roller back to the mound that Castellanos threw wildly, allowing the only run to score.

“He rushed his throw due to nerves a little but and he threw the ball in the dirt and the ball got away and a run scored,” Margotta said. “If we didn’t pick off the runner at the end of the game, he was getting close to being at his (105) pitch count limit.”

Margotta said Castellanos threw 98 pitches Friday for the OCIAA Division VI champions.

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