BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP — Denny Brady pitched and sang his way through his first high school no-hitter Thursday.
The Buena Regional High School junior right-hander dominated a talented Ocean City team in their game for the Cape-Atlantic League National Conference Division I lead.
Brady also hit a solo home run as Buena blanked the Red Raiders 3-0. Brady struck out nine and was perfect except that he walked Ocean City left fielder Evan Ochlan twice.
Brady (4-0) has committed to play for East Carolina University in two years on an athletic scholarship.
“I sang ‘I Got A Car’ by George Strait the whole time, and that kept me relaxed,” said Brady, a 17-year-old Vineland resident. “tried not to think about (pitching a no-hitter) during the game, but it was lurking in my mind the entire time. Ocean City came in to battle and I knew I couldn’t take any pitches for granted. My pitches weren’t that good, so I had to work on placement. It feels great to pitch a no-hitter, but mostly it was a big conference win, a big team win.”
Buena improved to 7-3 overall but leads National Division I at 3-0. The Red Raiders, ranked 11th in The Press Elite 11, are 7-2 overall and 2-1 in the division.
“Denny is awesome, and he’s always very calm,” Buena coach Harry Grose said. “I’m so happy for him. He’s a great kid. He dominates the strike zone, and he doesn’t walk batters. He throws mostly a two-seam fastball, and his cutter is only a couple miles per hour slower than his fastball. And he throws the changeup, which keeps everybody off balance.”
Ocean City pitcher Sean Mooney (3-1) went five innings, gave up six hits, walked three and struck out five.
Neither pitcher allowed a hit until the Chiefs pushed a run across in the bottom of the third inning. Buena shortstop Marco Rios reached on an error and Brady walked before senior left fielder Matt Luisi hit an RBI single to left to make it 1-0.
Brady hit a solo home run to right-center field in the fifth inning for a 2-0 lead. The Chiefs added another run as Dominic Pace singled in Dom Lopez.
Ochlan walked to start the Ocean City seventh inning, and Andrew Cartier hit into a force play. Brady got a strikeout and a flyout to end the game.
“We played good baseball and didn’t make many mistakes, but Brady pitched excellent,” Ocean City coach Craig Mensinger said. “Defensively we didn’t do anything wrong. Buena got timely hits, and Brady was dominant today. The good thing about this is that we get to play them again at our field.”
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Ocean City 000 000 0—0 0 1
Buena Regional 001 020 0—3 7 0
WP—Brady 9k (4-0). LP—Mooney 5k (3-1).
Records—O.C. 7-2, Buena 7-3.