Alma coach Kevin Edwards didn’t think Collin Ogilvie had his best stuff Friday.
Huntsville probably disagreed.
Ogilvie struck out 14 and tossed a no-hitter as Alma beat Huntsville, 1-0, in the first game of a 5A-West doubleheader.
Dylan Ross’ RBI single helped the Airedales pull out a 4-2 win in the second game.
“He didn’t have the velocity he had at the Benton game, but he was a pitcher today,” Edwards said. “He threw his curveball, he hit his spots and he worked ahead for the most part.”
Ogilvie walked two and allowed just three of the 24 batters he faced to reach base.
“I didn’t really ever think about it,” Ogilvie said of the no-hitter. “I threw a one-hitter earlier this year and I’ve watched enough baseball to know you don’t want to think about it or talk about it - you just act like everything is normal.”
Ogilvie struck out the side in the first and retired the first seven batters before walking Chris Yates with one out in the third.
Huntsville had only one legitimate threat, which came in the fourth when Tim Graham hit a two-hopper that rolled between shortstop Nate Whitson’s legs. Matt Atkins then walked with two outs, but Ogilvie got out of trouble when catcher Alex Burris picked off Graham at second to end the inning.
In the fourth inning, the Ogilvie - who has undergone three major knee surgeries, tried to stretch a single into a double - but was caught in a run-down and thrown out.
“I’m not going to lie, I got a little winded going back and forth in that pickle,” Ogilvie said. “My knees aren’t as good as they once were. I think once I came in and settled down, everything was good. I kind of let my emotions get the best of me.”
Ogilvie struck out the side in the fifth and sixth innings and got Huntsville’s Mason Kositzke to ground out third to first to start the seventh.
Huntsville pitcher Clayton Whelcher hit a soft pop right to Ogilvie for the second out. Matt Atkins then became the 14th and final strikeout victim by whiffing on a 2-2 pitch.
“Honestly, with it being a 1-0 game, I didn’t know it was a no-hitter,” Edwards said. “I was just worried about we were going to get three more outs.”
Alma (6-10, 5-3) scored the game’s only run in the first when pinch-runner Josh Parker scored on a passed ball.
Huntsville (1-10, 0-6) made things interesting in the nightcap. The Eagles’ Kositzke and Atkins delivered RBI singles as part of a two-run fourth that tied the game.
The Airedales snapped a 2-2 tie in the sixth when Dylan Ross lined an RBI single to left to score Colton Battles with the go-ahead run.
“He’s been spending extra time down in the cage taking extra cuts and working hard,” Edwards said. “That was big to see him come up in that spot and get the hit.”
Brett Farris struck out 10 and finished the Eagles by striking out the side in the seventh.
ALMA 1, HUNTSVILLE 0
Huntsville 000 000 0 — 0 0 0
Alma 100 000 x — 1 7 1
Cl. Whelcher and Yates; Ogilvie and Burris. W - Ogilvie, 5-7. L - Cl. Whelcher, 1-5
ALMA 4, HUNTSVILLE 2
Huntsville 000 200 0 — 2 6 2
Alma 101 002 x — 4 4 0
Harris, Kositzke (6) and Cl. Whelcher; Farris and Brown. W - Farris, 2-3. L - Harris, 0-4