Tyler Sunday just missed a perfect game Tuesday evening as Howard blanked Spring Mills 3-0 to sweep the best-of-three first-round playoff series.
Sunday struck out four, allowing just a single and no walks while facing just one batter over the minimum 21 for the win. A Kevin Conklin single in the fifth inning spoiled the bid for perfection, and Conklin never advanced past first base.
A throwing error in the sixth inning led to one run, and the Hawks’ other two scores crossed in the seventh on RBI singles from Evan Gettig and Travis Price.
Howard heads to the semifinals Sunday for a best-of-five series with Clarence.