Local newspaper and school are counting baseball team with a fifth straight no-hitter, but the Cal-Hi Sports state record book will count the streak as over after 27 2/3 innings.
Sonoma Academy of Santa Rosa is the team in question. Entering its game on Tuesday at home against Rincon Valley Christian of Santa Rosa, it had four straight no-hitters, including three in mercy-rule shortened five-inning games.
It was reported on our site on Monday that there is no category kept for consecutive no-hitters by a team, but that four in a row may be the state record.
In Tuesday’s game, Cal-Hi Sports was represented by longtime correspondent Harold Abend. He initially thought the streak had ended with a fifth-inning infield hit, but in talking with a reporter there from the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat they agreed that it could be called an error. According to Abend, later in the inning there was a roller toward the third baseman in which a bare-handed grab was not made. Both he and the reporter agreed at the time that it was a hit and a tweet was sent out that the streak was over.
After the game, however, Sonoma Academy head coach Dave Cox and the school’s official scorekeeper said it was another no-hitter. The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat also since then has decided to go with the school’s official scorekeeper and reported on Wednesday morning that the streak continued with a fifth straight no-hitter in Sonoma Academy’s 3-0 win. In this reported no-hitter, Dylan De La Montana was the one again doing the pitching and at least this one went seven innings.
Abend called the Cal-Hi Sports office after the game and reported that he talked to the plate umpire as well, who said he thought the play in question was a hit and not an error. Abend also stands by his initial ruling of it being a hit.
In the 30-plus years of doing California state records, schools have to be trusted to report accurate records. But there have been instances in which someone like Abend, or Cal-Hi Sports editor Mark Tennis or late founder Nelson Tennis personally witnessed a possible record-breaking achievement. In those instances, it’s always been the policy of going with our own eyes and not the school. It would be the same if there was a reporter on hand from a newspaper or web site who witnessed something that did not match what the school reports. If there is a conflicting total or report, it’s the lower total that is always used.
The bottom line on Wednesday morning is that in the Cal-Hi Sports state record book the Sonoma Academy streak will be considered over at 27 2/3 innings. It doesn’t matter what the school says in this instance or that the newspaper is now reporting it. The school also has reported it as another no-hitter on its MaxPreps page. The no-hit “streak” will continue to be monitored and it will be interesting to see how much publicity it generates from outside the area.
It’s still a great achievement for Sonoma Academy to have four straight no-hitters and 27 2/3 no-hit innings. Can’t question that, but we have a feeling that not crediting a fifth in a row is going to be met with some spirited reaction.