Matthew McGarry pitched a no-hitter for seven innings Friday.
But when he finally gave up a hit -- a two-out infield chopper in the eighth -- it cost him the game.
Will Johnston pitched a five-hit shutout for eight innings as Sacred Heart Prep beat Menlo-Atherton 1-0 in a Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division game at Frank Bettencourt Field on the Menlo-Atherton campus.
McGarry, a hard-throwing right-hander who has accepted a scholarship offer to play at Vanderbilt, walked four and struck out eight.
His no-hit bid was kept alive thanks to a great diving catch by center fielder Erik Amundson in the fourth inning. But in the eighth, he hit two batters, putting runners on first and third with two out. Cleanup batter Danny Cody hit a chopper into the hole between shortstop and third base. Menlo-Atherton shortstop Jordan Long backhanded the ball and threw to first, but Cody beat it out as the runner on third scored.
On that one infield hit McGarry lost his no-hitter, his shutout and the game.
"It was tough losing that way,'' McGarry said. "It happens. Johnston threw a hell of a game.''
Johnston, a left-hander who relied heavily on his change-up, pitched a five-hitter. He walked one and struck out three and got 14 outs on balls hit in the air.
"My change-up was really working,'' Johnston said. "I got hitters out on their heels, popping the ball up.''
McGarry's only previous no-hitter came in the Alpine Little League. And the opposing pitcher was Johnston, who also had a no-hitter going until he was pulled due to having reached his pitch count limit.
Los Gatos 6, Westmont 3: Before Los Gatos' Cameron Ackerman threw a pitch Friday, he had a four-run cushion in a nonleague game at Westmont.
The senior and three relievers spent the next seven innings trying to protect the advantage.
When Corey Olivet struck out the final batter, Los Gatos had its 17th win in 20 games this season.
"As far the pitching aspect, that calms me down a lot," Ackerman said of the immediate run support. "Having four runs in the first inning, it's a weight off my shoulder."
Olivet, who played center field the first six innings, led off the game with a triple into the right-center field alley. He scored on Ackerman's single, and Hunter Bigge's hit drove in two more.
Westmont (11-4) spent the rest of the game putting runners on base but could not get the big hit that might have made a difference.
"We got hit square in the nose and before you know it, we try to chip away, chip away," Westmont coach Tony Pianto said. "But you cannot do that with a team like that. I will say this: Our guys stayed in the game."
Three Los Gatos pitchers -- Ackerman, Matt Brodnik and Bigge -- worked out of bases-loaded jams.
Bellarmine College Prep 1, Archbishop Mitty 0: Joey Pecoraro's hit drove in the only run and Sid Iyer and Conor Ridley combined on the shutout as host Bellarmine (12-4, 5-4) won the West Catholic Athletic League game. Mitty fell to 13-4, 7-3.
St. Francis 3, Serra 0: Tyler Deason homered and John Gavin threw six shutout innings as visiting St. Francis (13-2, 8-2) moved into sole possession of first place in the WCAL.