The Tucson Saguaros had an impressive showing over the weekend, sweeping the White Sands Pupfish in a three-game homestand, one coming via a no-hitter. All three games came down to the wire as the Saguaros escaped with one-run wins in each contest.
Tucson pitcher Kyle Atkinson stole the spotlight in the third game of the series as he threw a no-hitter and hit a solo home run in a 1-0 win. It was just Atkinson’s (2-1) third start with Tucson this season.
The sweep keeps Tucson (35-13) in first place in the Southern division of the Pecos League.
On Friday, the Saguaros began the series against the Pupfish with a 3-2 victory. Skylar Sylivester threw eight strong innings for Tucson, striking out eight batters and giving up one unearned run. The offense was guided by slugger Austin Hoffman who hit his 10th home run of the season.
The first game of Saturday’s double-header saw the Saguaros climb out of an early 2-0 deficit. Tucson tied the game in the bottom of the third inning but didn’t take the lead until the sixth. Billy Damon went 2-2 and drove in his 20th run of the season in the winning effort of a seven-inning game that Tucson won 3-2.
For the second game of the double-header, Atkinson’s struck out five and walked just two in tossing the first no-hitter in club history. Atkinson attended high school at Wyoming Challenge Academy and also pitches for Central Arizona College.
Tucson now hits the road to face the Sante Fe Fuego on Monday and Tuesday but return home on July 18 to host the Fuego for a four-game series at Cherry Field.