JOHNSTON – It’s considered a “no-no” for any teammates involved in a no-hitter to acknowledge it, but that’s just what Will Andino did before the bottom of the sixth inning on Tuesday night.
“My shortstop told me right before it started,” Navigant/ Fairmount Post 85 pitcher John Almeida said. “I had no idea. I said, ‘Are you sure?’ I thought they had (a hit) back in the first inning, so I had no clue.”
As it turned out, the offense to baseball lore didn’t affect Almeida one bit. He threw seven spectacular innings of no-hit ball, issuing only one walk and striking out four as Post 85 earned a 4-0 victory over Hurd Chevrolet Post 64 in a R.I. American Legion Senior Division contest at Johnston Memorial Park’s Engineers Field.
“It’s the first one of my entire life, and it feels great,” said a grinning Almeida, a North Smithfield High School product who now attends Boston’s Division III Lasell College.
For full story and photos, see Wednesday's print edition of The Call.