Shelley's Whitaker throws a no-hitter

Staff Writer

The Shelley Russets struggled a week ago when they last faced the Firth Cougars. They gave up 12 runs to the 2A rival, just a few miles south of Shelley down Highway 91. They made a number of errors, their pitchers couldn't get the outs they way they had practiced and they squandered a number of scoring chances during the extra inning game. The result was a 13-12 win, but not many Shelley fans and coaches were very happy with the outcome.
On Wednesday afternoon, things were different and a lot of it was due to the performance of senior pitcher/outfielder Payton Whitaker. All Whitaker did was throw a complete game and get a pair of extra base hits during the game.
And by the way, the complete game that the left hander threw was a no-hitter. He did walk a batter and he hit one, but other than that, he controlled the action from the mound for the entire game.
Please read the entire article in the Thursday edition of the Morning News.