Andrean’s Nelson, Holtcamp no-hit Hebron over five innings

Andrean’s Nelson, Holtcamp no-hit Hebron over five innings

NWI times
Jim Peters jim.peters@nwi.com ~ Mar 31, 2018

ERRILLVILLE — A couple innings. That was the extent of Tyler Nelson’s pitching last season, when he started as a middle infielder for Andrean.

It’s a whole different story this spring for the sophomore, who is projected to hold down the third slot in the rotation for the Times No. 1 59ers.

“I used to pitch a lot in travel ball,” Nelson said after combining on a five-inning no-hitter with Joel Holtcamp in Saturday’s 10-0 shutout of No. 6 Hebron. “My velocity went up 7 miles per hour from 80 to 87. I threw in a couple intrasquads and did pretty good. We had a meeting and (the coaches) said they wanted me to be our No. 3.”

Nelson struck out seven in quieting the Hawks, giving way to Holtcamp after a six-run third inning put him in position for the victory in his first high school start.

“I’m excited,” Nelson said. “This will help my confidence. The plan was for me to go two or three. Hopefully, as my arm gets stronger, I can go longer. I was just focusing on trying to throw strikes.”

Holtcamp followed suit with a pair of hitless frames.

“Tyler’s our preseason No. 3 and he threw well. Joel’s our No. 4 and he threw well,” Andrean coach Dave Pishkur said. “They threw a lot of strikes and got a lot of strikeouts. Our one and two (Mike Doolin and Clay Thompson) pitched well (against Brother Rice). We haven’t made an error in two games, but we haven’t had many chances either.”

 

“We’ve faced two lefties and haven’t hit either very well,” Pishkur said. “We’re getting called out too much. We’ll tolerate it for a while. But we got some big two-out hits. They’re ready to get out of the inning and bam, we hit ’em with something.”

Joe Rycerz added a two-run double of his own and also scored in the fourth with a bases-loaded hit by pitch ending it in the fifth.

“Jake pitched pretty well,” Hebron coach John Steinhilber said of Monachino, a Crown Point transfer last year who was only granted junior varsity eligibilty in 2017. “They hit a couple balls hard. The other guys, we just want to get them out there. We’ll be fine.”

Steinhilber wasn’t overly concerned with the lack of hitting either.

“I felt like we took too many first-pitch fastballs (against Nelson),” he said. “We’ve been outside as much as anybody. The second time around, we got better swings. We’ll get it figured out. This is our eighth year playing (Andrean). I respect Dave’s program and I think he’s come to respect ours. Would we rather play them in May? Probably, but at least this gets the guys’ attention.”

Hebron faces Valparaiso at U.S. Steel Yard on Monday, while Andrean heads to Nashville, Tenn., where it will play two games at Vannderbilt, Doolin’s future home.

“We talked about doing it after Mikey committed. It’s the only way we could do it,” Pishkur said. “We played at PNW, we’re playing at Vanderbilt and we’re going to play at Purdue, so that’s pretty nice.”