Wesely’s Thursday, May 17, performance was his third no-hitter of the season, and moved Tracy High (24-4 overall, 14-1 San Joaquin Athletic Association) forward in the postseason.
The Tracy High junior gave up three walks and two unearned runs on the way to defeating the Tokay Tigers (17-13, 7-3 Tri-City Athletic League in Stockton.
Wesely’s 15 strikeouts over seven innings included four in the first inning, as one Tokay batter reached first on a dropped third strike.
“I feel like I came out a little slow. My command wasn’t there, but the last three, four five innings, I feel like I got my stuff,” Wesely said.
Wesley credited the solid defense played behind him, including that of third baseman Matt Loscavio and shortstop David Miranda, who fielded sharply hit grounders to help retire Tokay in order in the seventh.
“That no-hitter doesn’t happen without my great defense out there, which really showed in the last inning,” Wesely said. “We’re a team here, and we’re going to do something special in these playoffs.”
Tracy is one of four teams that have moved to the double-elimination portion of the Division I South bracket, and will face Buhach Colony of Atwater at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19.
Also playing Saturday is St. Mary’s of Stockton and Enochs of Modesto.
Games continue on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, with the Division I South and North champions to face off in a best-of-three series at UOP on June 1 and 2.
The Bulldogs had a 4-0 lead at the end of two innings, scoring in the first on a two walks, an error and a batter hit by a pitch.
Kenny Bergmann singled to start off the second, Cody Daniel reached on an error and Matt Loscavio drove them in with a double to the left field wall. Loscavio scored when Jake Shull reached on an error.
Wesely gave up two unearned runs, including one in the second. After two batters walked, the third hit the ball back at Wesely, who made the play at third. The runners then advanced on a passed ball, and one scored on a sacrifice fly before Wesely struck out the final batter.
Cody Daniel connected on a fastball down the middle for a solo home run over the left field wall in the fourth for Tracy, and Devon Denholm and Miranda both hit RBI doubles in the fifth to put Tracy up, 7-1.
Tokay scored again in the sixth when the Tigers’ Billy Mortola walked and scored on a pickoff attempt after catcher Shull’s throw went over first baseman Daniel’s head and all the way to the right-field corner.
Hits for Tracy also included a triple for John Jaeger and a single for Chase Johnson.