Twinbill no-hitters: Tri City and St. Anthony

Posted on July 2, 2015 by Trent Jackson

On Friday June 19, Class A Skyline League rivals Tri City and St. Anthony played a doubleheader. The Tri City Shark won the first game 4-0, followed by the Hogs of St. Anthony winning the second game 3-0. It was an unusual sighting at the double-dip, highlighted by back-to-back no-hitters.

The seven inning no-hitters were completed by Mark Dominik of Tri City and Steve Wehr of St. Anthony.

Dominik completed the seven inning no-hitter allowing just one base on balls and one hit batter with seven strikeouts. “I didn’t realize it until about the sixth inning, and after that it was in the back of my head. But at the end it felt great. My slider is my “out pitch” but that night I was locating my fastball probably better than I ever have,” Dominik spoke of his performance.

Dominik very much credited his defense for their help. In the third inning the Tri City centerfielder Tyler Osbourn made a diving catch that Dominik said “I had no idea how he got to the ball.” Third baseman Justin Gominsky made a couple of nice plays on tough choppers. “He’s got a good arm and got to the balls quick,” Dominik commented. “I give most of the credit to my catcher. We have been clicking on all cylinders and I haven’t shaken him off much and I trust him. Having that kind of confidence with your catcher is big,” Dominik said about catcher Matt Tetrick.

The Tri City Shark, whose roster is mainly composed of players from the Moundsview/Shoreview area, has a record of 10-3. Mark Dominik has been the ace for Tri City with a 4-0 record including three complete games, 35 strikeouts, a 1.12 ERA, and of course a no-hitter.

Following game one, Steve Wehr of St. Anthony came right back and threw a no-hitter of his own. Wehr and his teammates weren’t aware of what would happen, but they did think about it before the game. “We kind of joked about it before the game started (throwing another no-hitter) and after the game some of guys said “told yea”.”

“I just threw a no-hitter and it got triumphed in response” Mark Dominik of Tri City said with a chuckle in response to Wehr’s no-hitter. “It was sour to lose because you always want to win, but at the same time we were part of something ridiculous. It was somewhat of a lukewarm feeling when you can say you were a part of a doubleheader that was two no-hitters” said Dominik.

“It was one of those days when everything was clicking. It was an unreal kind of feeling,” Wehr said about the no-hitter. Wehr limited Tri City to ground balls and pop flies, “letting the defense do their work and throwing to contact” as Wehr would say. “I didn’t shake him (catcher Noah Blutes) off once” said Wehr.

Wehr also has an interesting connection with Tri City. He works as a pitching instructor for Line Drive Sports, who happens to sponsor the Tri City Shark. Wehr works with a lot of the members of Tri City. “It made it a lot more fun. It’s one of those rivalry games that everybody looks forward to. It’s fun to be able to play against a team that you work with,” Wehr commented.  

The St. Anthony Hogs, who recently completed a victory against Lyon’s Pub in the inaugural town ball classic at Target Field last weekend, are 12-11 on the season.

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