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  • Spring River’s Jarret Dotson throws a no-hitter past Frontenac 14s

  • It wasn’t perfect. It wasn’t even a scoreless night. But Spring River’s Jarret Dotson was more than enough for Frontenac, pitching a no-hitter during a six-inning, run-ruled 12-2 win.

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  • It wasn’t perfect. It wasn’t even a scoreless night. But Spring River’s Jarret Dotson was more than enough for Frontenac, pitching a no-hitter during a six-inning, run-ruled 12-2 win.
    “I just threw strikes,” Dotson said after the game. “I was hitting my spots. I kept the pitch count down low, and usually I get pretty high with that. The team behind me made good plays, and backed me up.”
    While both teams took advantage of the other’s errors, it was Dotson’s performance that made all the difference in the District 5 14-year-old Babe Ruth tournament.
    Dotson would end the game with 11 strikeouts in six innings, giving up only six baserunners the entire game (five walks, one reached on an error). After the third inning, Dotson went 1-2-3 for the rest of the game, ending each of the fourth through sixth innings with a strikeout.
    “He just overpowered us,” said Frontenac manager Todd Plouvier. “His fastball was great. That was the dominating pitch. He mixed in his curveball, too.”
    But it wasn’t just Dotson. The game was run-ruled in part because of the Spring River offense.
    There weren’t a ton of hits for Spring River during the game — only seven — but mixed in with walks and errors for Frontenac, and it quickly added up.
    The biggest inning for Spring River came in the third inning. Dotson (who else?) hit a slow roller to short, but the throw was high. Two batters later, with runners at second and third, Ashton Cramer legged out an infield single, the first of five consecutive batters with an RBI. The next two batters would reach on Frontenac errors, before scoring on a sacrifice groundout and a well-placed infield single, respectively.
    “We’ve been preaching fundamentals,” Plouvier said. “We can’t make mistakes like that against a team like this. We can’t give up that many baserunners against anybody. A team like this, you can’t give extra bases.”
    Frontenac would be able to score, also off Spring River errors. Three of Dotson’s walks came in the third inning, with Cadin Bolinger leading off with a walk that became a run after a pair of pickoff throws got away from the Spring River defenders. The story was largely the same a little later in the inning, as Kaleb Gaven reached on a walk and was on second when an error allowed him to score.
    Spring River’s runs did not all come in one inning, however. The team generated two runs in the first off a two-run single by Noah Wilson for the early lead.
    Frontenac would give up another run in the fourth on an error at second base, but the final blows for Spring River came with two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings. The biggest hit of those two innings was a massive triple by Dotson, who would be thrown out at home trying for the inside-the-park home run.
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    14-year-olds
    Frontenac Sports Complex
    Spring River 12, Frontenac 2 (six innings)
    FRO    002    000    — 2
    SPR    205    122    — 12
    Gaven, Long (6) and Mlekus. Dotson and Cramer.  WP: Dotson. LP: Gaven. 3B: Dotson SB: Karnes, Cramer (2). Mlekus, Gaven.
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