Due to the inclement weather that has forced many high school baseball games to be rescheduled, White River High hadn’t seen action from March 19 until Monday when the team traveled to Steilacoom High for their South Puget Sound League 2A opener.
Due to the nine-day lapse between contests, the last thing on Hornet lefty Trevor Lubking’s mind was pitching a seven-inning no-hitter against the Sentinels. That was exactly what happened though, as White River blanked Steilacoom 9-0 behind a near-perfect game by the White River ace.
Lubking currently owns an unblemished 3-0 record, with an impressive 1.75 earned-run average.
Heading into the Steilacoom game, Lubking figured he would be lucky to struggle through four innings and then get the hook. Instead, the senior southpaw twirled seven full frames of near flawless ball. Lubking fanned 15 of the 23 batters he faced, walking only two, while throwing 105 pitches.
“The Steilacoom players and fans all must have known what was going on, because my teammates later told me that they were all yelling and trying to get inside my head,” Lubking said. But he was focused only on freshman catcher Brian Adkins, who was filling in for the vacationing Preston Dehan.
“After about the five innings of work, I was in the zone and just wanted to be left alone,” Lubking said.
His Hornet teammates followed baseball tradition and sat away from him in the dugout, so as not to jinx the ongoing no-hitter.
Lubking said the closest any of the Steilacoom hopefuls came to producing a hit was in the bottom of the sixth stanza. A a slow roller was plopped toward first base, but Cole Johnson scooped it and flipped it to second baseman Tanner Williams, who was covering the bag.