Under the lights at Dayton Dragons’ 5/3 Field, the Thunderhawks defeat Middletown 6-1. Senior lefty, Joseph Cooney was absolutely all-star worthy Monday night. Facing 25 batters in a complete game, Cooney struck out 19! This a new East and Lakota record breaking the old mark that stood for 58 years. He had a perfect game through the first 4 innings. He gave up only 3 hits and 1 walk in the 7 inning outing.
Before Cooney’s feat on Monday, the most strikeouts by a Lakota pitcher is 18 vs. Trenton in an 8-0 win at Lakota in 1960. That pitcher was Don Taylor, Lakota class of 1960, the first Lakota graduating class. The Lakota school was less than one year old when Don set the record and it had never been broken. (info courtesey of Lakota sports historian Bob Ashby)
The East bats got on the board in the 3rd to give Cooney some breathing room, then added on 2 more in the 4th, 1 in the 5th and 7th. Noah Smith, since coming back from injury, has had the hot bat. Smith went 2-3 with an RBI. The rest of the Hawk contributors were Sam Sprockett (1-3), Winston Owens (1-4, RBI), Jefferson Syzdlowski (2-4, RBI), John Sherman (1-4), Zack Kozerski (1-3), Andrew Jaeger (1-2), and Mitch Reardon (sac fly RBI).
The Thunderhawks will be home today at 5pm against Middletown.