Legends On Deck

Snappers Spin First No-No of MWL Season

It was a sunny 70 degree day in Burlington, Iowa on Thursday, something you can’t say too often about a Midwest League game this time of year. A week into the season is about the time we settle into our routines and get back to “business as usual”. Or so we thought.

The Beloit Snappers met up with the Burlington Bees at Community Field for a nice, casual Friday afternoon game. While the school kids were enjoying their field trip, the businessmen were buttering up their clients, and some folks playing hooky from work were ordering an adult beverage, there was something special going on on the field.

The Snappers sent Georgia native Bryce Conley to the mound for his first start of 2018. While the Snappers offense put a run up on the board in the first inning, Conley was frustrating the Bees lineup and cruised through six hitless innings while tossing just 71 pitches. Although this was the Georgia State product’s first start of the season, he did toss 4 innings in an April 7th contest against Wisconsin where he struck out four, walked one and didn’t allow a hit or a run… the same exact line he put up on Thursday with the exception of the innings pitched.

After Conley’s exit, Ty Damron came in for his second appearance of the season. Damron kept the no hitter going with two solid innings of his own. He would get credited with the hold after Josh Reagan shut the door in the ninth to get the save and finish off the no hitter.

One of the great things about covering the Midwest League is performances like this. None of these guys are popping up on prospect lists, but two former 15th round picks and a former 22nd round pick combined to no hit another professional baseball club. This game truly is amazing.

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