Newtown’s Blaise Lezynski sends two over the fence en
route to a 15-0 victory over Davenport, Iowa and the
13th no-hitter in Little League Baseball World Series
pool play history
Didn’t anyone tell you never to play with fire?
Going into the last game of Pool A play down 0-2, both
the Davenport and the Newtown Little Leaguers knew their
time competing at South Williamsport in 2005 was coming
to an end.
But neither team knew it would end like this.
Newtown’s Blaise Lezynski lit up Davenport Monday night
at Howard J. Lamade Stadium, going 3-for-3 with a
double, two home runs and four RBI. Lezynski carried his
team to a 15-0 mercy-rule win that ended after three and
“There was no pressure on us,” Lezynski said. “And sure
enough, we left Little League with an A+.”
Davenport manager Jeff Mallonee, who was unavailable for
comment after the game, gave pitcher Eric Weiman the nod
to start his team’s last Series game. With a 0.00 ERA in
one inning of work prior to Monday night’s 8 p.m. start,
Weiman’s perfect ERA didn’t last long.
After being outscored 10-2 in their first two Series
games, the Newtown sluggers decided it was time to heat
up the batter’s box.
“It’s really about the journey for these guys,” Newtown
manager Bill Hartley said. “And it seems like they saved
it all for tonight.”
First baseman Greg Guers led off the bottom of the first
with a homer that skirted just over the right field
wall. The next batter, catcher Dave Pine, then drew the
first of five Newtown walks to set up the first of three
Iowa gave up three walks and three home runs – to right,
left and center – before Weiman was relieved by center
fielder Chase Pfab.
Keith Terry, Pfab’s first batter, came to the plate in
the same fashion as three of his teammates – swinging
for the fences. Terry almost notched the fourth home run
of the inning, but instead hit a deep fly out to right
hit the next two batters with pitches before returning
to the top of Newtown’s order for the final two outs of
The bats continued to heat up in the second, when
Lezynski ripped a double to lead off the inning. The
third baseman stole third two batters later, putting a
runner on the corner and two out for teammate Jimmy
McDade. The shortstop’s double down the third-base line
rocketed into the corner to easily score Lezynski.
“Me and Keith talked a little bit about it tonight,”
said Hartley, “and we didn’t want to go 0-3.”
In an attempt to pick McDade off the bag at second,
catcher Austin Smith then overthrew second baseman
Spencer Mallonee, giving McDade third on the error. But
it wouldn’t matter, because Terry took one look at Pfab
and launched one over the left field fence.
Pfab got out of the three-run inning by striking out
left fielder Darren Lauer, who had been hit by a Pfab
pitch an inning earlier.
Hartley elected to put Terry, who started Game One, on
the mound to pitch against the Midwest champions. Walks
by both pitchers were plentiful through the third, as
Terry walked four and struck out six.
Dave Pine’s RBI triple in the bottom of the third
brought Michael Festa across the plate with one out. Now
down 9-0, Pfab hurled one at the head of Lezynski, who
lit up the pitcher for his second home run – the sixth
of the game – on the very next pitch. Lezynski’s homer
was stopped only by the chainlink fence in left center
“After the first two loses, we felt we hadn’t
accomplished what we could,” said center fielder Ben
Parker, who hit one of the game’s six home runs. “We did
it how we wanted it to be [tonight].”
Terry returned to the mound up 16-0 to complete his four
inning no-hitter in front of Lamade’s 10,300 spectators.
The Newtown pitcher, who had a 10.50 ERA entering the
game, fanned pinch hitter Luke Rodriguez before getting
a ground out and a fly out from T.J. Meyer and Ryan
Cartee, respectively to end the game.
“My arm felt good and I had my stuff tonight,” Terry
said. “It just happened to be a no-hitter. It’s gonna be
a really good memory for us, that we did good in out
last Little League game.”