Kernels pitch third Midwest League no-hitter of season

After losing the first game of their Wednesday doubleheader 5-4, the Cedar Rapids Kernels bounced back with a 9-0 win in the second game — a game in which the CR hurlers held the Burlington Bees hitless for all seven innings of the contest.

Austin Schulfer and Jose Martinez combined to toss the Midwest League’s third no-hitter of the season, with starter Schulfer pitching the first five innings and reliever Martinez on the mound for the last two frames. Schulfer struck out seven and walked one; Martinez struck out two and walked none.

The Kernels scored four runs in two different innings — the 2nd and the 6th — and got a three-run homer from catcher Chris Williams. They also got a defensive gem from third baseman Andrew Bechtold, who, according to the Kernels game story, “made a backhand grab and sent a jump throw to first base on a bounce to retire (Jordyn) Adams and close the (3rd) inning.”

The no-hitter was the ninth pitched at Cedar Rapids’ Veterans Memorial Stadium — five by the Kernels and four by their opponents. Four of the no-nos were pitched in May, three in April, and one each in July and August.

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