Prep Baseball Report

Stevenson's Nusinow No-Hits Lake Forest

By Sean Duncan
Executive Director

LINCOLNSHIRE, IL – At 5-foot-6, 130 pounds, Stevenson left-hander Jake Nusinow isn’t necessarily an imposing figure on the mound, nor does his 68-70 mph fastball strike fear in opposing hitters. But on Monday against Lake Forest, the senior proved that the ability to throw three pitches for strikes can be as dominating as a 90-mph fastball.

Although he certainly didn’t overpower Lake Forest, the net result was nothing short of impressive. Nusinow threw a six-inning no-hitter as Stevenson mercy-ruled visiting Lake Forest, 10-0, in a North Suburban Lake matchup.

Nusinow mixed three pitches for strikes, playing off his effective changeup and occasionally beating hitters with his fastball. He finished with four strikeouts, two walks and hit one batter. Only one Lake Forest (21-7, 7-4) runner reached past second base in the game.

Meanwhile, the Stevenson (20-10, 6-5) offense came to life in the fourth inning against Lake Forest junior starter Cal Coughlin, who sat 87-89, topping at 90, in the early innings to go along with a low-80s slider. Locked in a scoreless tie, the Patriots pushed three runs across in the fourth, the big blow coming on junior shortstop Patrick Loeffler’s two-run triple to right field off an 87-mph fastball. Loeffler soon came around to score on Carter Baretz’s suicide squeeze.

Loeffler, a physical 6-foot-1, 200-pound left-handed hitter, then broke open the game with a bases-clearing triple in the fifth to centerfield, helping the Patriots mount an 8-0 lead after five. Loeffler finished with five RBI. Northwestern-bound third baseman Willie Bourbon added a run-scoring triple in the sixth, and scored on a wild pitch to end the game.

Jimmy Marchese singled, walked twice and scored two runs for Stevenson, and Robert McGaha also had a hit and two runs.

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