Sunday, June 19, started out as a special day because it was Father’s Day. It turned out to be extra special for Dom Boerger and the Milbank Firechiefs. Boerger threw a no-hitter against the Clark Traders. He recorded 17 strikeouts and walked only one batter in the seven innings he pitched. To help put that in perspective, according to Baseball Almanac, only 316 no-hitters have been thrown in major league games from July 1876 to May 2022.
After a slow start against the Traders, Milbank exploded in the top of the fourth and pumped out six runs. Travis Lester punched a two-out single to right field, and Mitch Quade followed it with a walk. Justin Larson drove in both runners with a double shot into the left center gap. Milbank was on the board at 2-0.
Larson also scored when Brady Femling reached on an error by the shortstop, and Milbank’s lead jumped to 3-0. Taylor Boerger drew a walk and Kaden Krause reached on an error to load the bases. Brady Krause hit a single to score Femling and Boerger. The Firechiefs were out in front at 5-0. D. Boerger’s single then sent K. Krause across the plate and the score to 6-0.
In the top of the fifth, Milbank’s offense kept things rolling. Larson reached on an error by the first baseman. Femling followed with a single to move Larson to third. T. Boerger scored Larson and Femling when he reached on an error by by the second baseman. Milbank was out in front at 8-0.
The Firechiefs continued to capitalize on their momentum. Gage Sayler, Quade, and Larson all drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Sayler scored on a passed ball. T. Boerger was hit by a pitch to reload the bases, and K. Krause drew a walk to bring home another run. Milbank’s lead had ballooned to 10-0, but they added one more, when Brady Krause reached on an error by the shortstop. The Firechiefs clinched the win at 11-0.
Milbank’s offense was topped by Femling who put up two hits. D. Boerger, B. Krause, Lester, and Larson all added one hit each to bring Milbank’s total to six.
Catch the Firechiefs and more exciting action this Sunday, June 26 at home. Milbank hosts the Volga Comorants.
Dom Boerger photo courtesy of Kristen Ash