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Byron MendenhallByron Mendenhall threw a no-hitter against Wakefield Monday, April 2 to highlight the George Mason High School varsity baseball team’s first week of baseball in the 2007 season.

Mendenhall struck out nine Warrior batters as he went the distance in the Mustangs’ 4-0 victory, walking just one along the way.

According to Mason Head Coach Adam Amerine, the no-hitter by Mendenhall is the first complete game no hitter for the Mason program in “quite some time,” though official records are difficult to search. Two seasons ago, former Mustangs Matt Foley and John Schwengel combined for a no-hitter against Word of Life.

Senior Matt Dorr led the Mustangs at the plate, going 2 for 4 with 3 RBI. The victory was the 12th in a row for Mendenhall, dating back to last season and his second of 2007. Mendenhall notched his first win of the year last Wednesday, when the Mustangs handed Broad Run its first loss of the 2007 season, 5 -1.

The top of the Mason order led the charge with leadoff batter Jimmy Piscopo (3-for-3) scoring twice and No. 2 hitter Alex Prewitt knocking in 3 RBI. Mendenhall allowed just four hits while striking out nine.

The no-hit win against Wakefield helped Mason to rebound from a pair of losses suffered on Saturday, March 31 in the first two games of the Park View Spring Break Tournament, held in Sterling, Va. Dominion and host Park View, both AA schools, claimed wins against the Single A Mustangs. Dominion took the tournament opener 10-4 after control problems plagued Mason starting pitcher Joe Muskett and allowed the Titans score five runs in the first two innings. Piscopo (1 for 2, 2 walks), who took the mound in relief of Muskett, and Prewitt (2 for 4, 2 RBI) again led the offense for Mason.

Against Park View, Mike Straub ran out of gas in the fifth as the Patriots turned a 3-0 game into an 8-0 advantage, en route to the 10-0 Park View victory.

Following up on Mendenhall’s no-hitter, Mason pummeled Freedom 12-2 on Tuesday to close out the tournament with a 2-2 record. Piscopo pitched six innings to earn the win, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out nine. Prewitt turned in another strong performance at the plate with a perfect 3-for-3 day, while Straub was 1 for 2 with 3 RBI. Piscopo (3 for 4) helped his own cause by scoring three runs.

Mason next faces AAA rival Falls Church this coming Monday, April 9 at 6 p.m. at FCHS. The Mustangs then start their Bull Run District Schedule Friday, April 13 against Rappahannock.

“Falls Church will be fresh from their spring break down south and probably pretty sharp,” Amerine said. “I would like to see us play with some continuity, confidence and take a good approach offensively [so that we are] ready for early-season dark horse Rappahannock County on Friday.”

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