BOULDER — As best as Grant Rogers can remember, the last time he had thrown a no-hitter was as a 9-year-old in Little League.
As for coach Steve Disbrow, he had trouble remembering the last Boulder varsity season no-hitter — it was Jared Moore’s in 2009 — during his eight years at the BHS helm.
So holding Lincoln hitless Wednesday in a 9-0 rout at Scott Carpenter Park was an unexpected treat for both, along with the rest of the Panthers and their fans.
Rogers, a 6-foot-6, 230-pound sophomore, struck out 10 and came within one hit-batsman of a perfect game as Boulder improved to 3-2 on the season.
“It feels really good,” Rogers said. “It’s been a while — since Little League. So it’s just awesome to do it. It’s incredible.”
Lincoln hit just one of Rogers’ pitches out of the infield all day — a second-inning fly-out to center field by Daniel Martinez.
“It was pretty cool,” Disbrow said. “He was in total command. He was locating all three pitches, moving it in and out. When he’s locating two, he’s tough. When he’s locating three, he’s really, really good. He was able to do that today.
“We tell the guys it’s not so much what you throw but where you throw it. He was evidence of that today. It didn’t matter what we called, he was executing the pitch. He was great.”
Rogers’ only blemish was a slight one. With two outs in the fourth inning, the right-hander plunked Lincoln’s Austin Davalos, ending the opportunity for a perfect game.
“I guess I’m a little disappointed, but it happens,” said Rogers, who improved to 2-1 on the season. “(The pitch) just sort of slipped out of my hand on that curveball. There’s not a lot I can do about that. I’m fine with the no-hitter, I guess.”
With Rogers mowing down the Lincoln lineup, Boulder looked like it was certain to end the game early with a 10-run-rule victory. The Panthers were up 9-0 after three innings but were unable to score again, so the game went the distance.
Junior Francis Lanzano went 2 for 3 with a two-run home run to left field in the second inning to lead BHS offensively.
“That’s my first home run in high school, and it felt awesome,” he said of the 340-foot shot. “I knew the 2-0 fastball was coming, so I just waited back and swung as hard as I could.”
Joining Lanzano in collecting two hits for Boulder were Levi Chandler, Ray Feigal and Loic Guegan.
Meanwhile, Rogers made sure Lincoln (3-5) couldn’t sniff even a hint of a rally. His 10 strikeouts were the most of his high school career.
“In the bullpen (before the game) my curveball wasn’t doing very good,” he said. “But then I got on the field and everything started to come together and I had command of all three pitches. When I do that I feel really comfortable on the mound.”
Boulder, which went 2-1 on a spring break trip to Arizona last week, will open the Front Range League season Thursday at Horizon.
Boulder 9, Lincoln 0
At Scott Carpenter Park
Lincoln (3-5) 000 000 0 — 0 0 4
Boulder (3-2) 243 000 x — 9 12 0
W — Rogers (2-1). L — Martinez.
Lincoln hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Alcocer 3-0-0-0, Castro 3-0-0-0, Davalos 2-0-0-0, Reyes 3-0-0-0, Martinez 2-0-0-0, Abeyta 2-0-0-0, Salazar 2-0-0-0, Morales 1-0-0-0, Barrio 1-0-0-0, Gomez 1-0-0-0, Jimenez 1-0-0-0. Totals 21-0-0-0.
Boulder hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Stove 2-1-0-1, Lanzano 3-2-2-2, Langston 1-0-0-0, Chandler 3-0-2-0, Bukowski 3-1-1-1, Dinkel 2-0-0-0, Gregorich 2-0-1-0, Feigal 4-1-2-0, Garcia 3-1-1-1, N. Marcotte 1-0-0-0, Flores 3-2-1-0, Guegan 3-1-2-1. Totals 30-9-12-6. 2B — Feigal, Flores. HR — Lanzano (one on in second).
Lincoln pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Martinez 2-5-6-5-3-0, Morales 1-5-3-3-0-0, Castro 3-2-0-0-2-1.
Boulder pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Rogers 7-0-0-0-0-10.