On Wednesday, the Marin Catholic Wildcats opened MCAL play with a bang, or, rather, without allowing a bang.
Junior left-hander Maxwell Manning and senior righty Vaughn Mauterer spun a combined no-hitter for the Wildcats in a 2-0 win against Tamalpais, with Manning earning the win.
Head coach Jesse Foppert — a former reliever for the San Francisco Giants — pulled Manning after he threw 71 pitches over his six innings of work, striking out eight and walking just two.
“[He threw] mainly fastballs, commanding both sides of the plate,” Foppert said.
Last season, Manning pitched in 12 games, with nine starts — both second on the team to Oregon-bound Addison Berger — and spun a 2.10 ERA.
“Max is not a surprise,” Foppert said. “He was a big part of our staff last year.”
Manning did a bit of everything on Wednesday, even helping his own cause. In the bottom of the third, Manning led off with a base hit, stole second and third, then scored on a wild pitch. Marin Catholic added an insurance run in the sixth on an RBI single by junior Kyle Jakiemiec, driving home junior Ryan Sendak.
After the sixth, Foppert decided that 71 pitches was enough for Manning, and called on Mauterer, who had two hits on the day.
“Tough decision to pull him, but it’s early [in the season],” Foppert said. “He wasn’t happy about it.”
Mauterer walked two batters and hit another, though he picked off the man he walked and got a caught-stealing from his catcher, Old Dominion-bound Jay Tarkenton.