WARRENSBURG - Post 131 pitchers Brodie Payne and Peyton Seiz combined for a no-hitter on Tuesday, June 18, allowing the Isotopes to split the doubleheader with FIKE. The Isotopes lost 3-0 in the first game then rebounded for a 3-0 win of its own.
“Our pitching was phenomenal,” Post 131 coach Matt Payne said.
The Isotopes have won three of their last four games after starting the season 0-6.
Aiding the turn around for Post 131 is the addition of former Holden star Seiz.
“Bringing Peyton in is huge,” Matt Payne said.
The 2018 All-Johnson County baseball player of the year spent his freshman season at North Central Missouri College, racking up 59 2/3 innings - the most on the Pirates staff - in 11 starts while hitting .191 in 68 at-bats. Seiz brings flexibility to the Isotopes line-up as a pitcher, catcher and first baseman.
“We had some holes and he fills a number of them,” Matt Payne said.
Game Two - Isotopes 3, FIKE 0
Post 131 jumped out in front in the night cap with two runs in the first after being held scoreless in the first game of the doubleheader.
Caden Mitchell led off the game with a double then Dustin Silvers reached on an error. Both came around to score, giving the Isotopes all the offense it would need.
Payne got the start in game two, tossing three innings with a pair of strikeouts. Brodie Payne faced one above the minimum, walking one batter in the third.
Seiz took over in the fourth, striking out seven to pick up the win. Seiz worked around a walk in the fifth and the seventh to preserve the no-hit bid.
The Isotopes tacked on its insurance run in the seventh with a bases loaded single by Mitchell.
Post 131 had chances to extend its lead earlier in the contest, but ran themselves into outs in the third, fourth and fifth inning.
“We’ve got to clean some stuff up on the bases,” Matt Payne said. “We made a number of dumb base running mistakes and missed a couple signs, so there is some room for improvement.”
Game One - FIKE 3, Isotopes 0
Isotope starter Emmitt Parrott surrendered three runs in the top of the first before settling in to toss six shutout frames. He finished the game with four strikeouts and one walk.
Post 131’s offense was unable to answer the opening move by FIKE, mustering just four base runners.
Post 131 remains at home at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 20 for a doubleheader with Post 21 before hitting the road at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, for a doubleheader with Gladstone at Oak Park High School.