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Almeida spins no-hitter for Navigant in 4-0 win over Hurd

July 8, 2014

Navigant Post 85’s John Almeida delivers in the bottom of the third inning at Johnston Memorial Park Tuesday. Almeida threw a 7-inning no-hit shutout against Hurd Chevrolet Post 64, issuing only one walk and striking out four in a 4-0 win for Navigant. (Photo by Ernest A. Brown)
 
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.
 
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