It wasn't the most conventional of no hitters, but it was a no hitter none the less.
Stephenville pitcher Daniel Bullard didn't allow a hit in a wild 3-2 win over Alvarado Friday night in a big early District 7-3A confrontation at James T. Young Field. The senior struck out nine and walked three.
Stephenville still needed a late rally because of a couple walks, a wild pitch and an error helping Alvarado jump on top 2-0 in the top of the fifth.
The Jackets didn't answer until the bottom of the sixth to cut it to 2-1. Maddux Conger bunted his way aboard and scored on a single by Josh Bulla.
Conger went on to be one of the heroes of the seventh when he he laid down a bunt that brought in Ben Martin for the winning run. First Sam Weber scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-2.
Conger was 2-for-4 and Martin 2-for-3 at the plate. Each scored a run and Conger had the game-winning RBI.
It was a pitchers' duel from the onset with Alvarado's Dylan Lemons striking out 10 with just one walk. He fired 102 pitches in six innings, 70 of them strikes, before being relieved.
Bullard was just as effective for Stephenville with 100 pitches in the complete game, 59 of them strikes.
The Jackets improved to 2-0 in 7-3A with wins over the other two teams many thought would challenge for district supremacy. They finished third behind the Indians and Tigers last season before outlasting both in the playoffs.
SHS traveled to Azle for a non-district game Saturday. Coverage is online at yourstephenvilletx.com.