If there ever was a game neither team deserved to lose, it was Monday's between Nassau Conference AA-II rivals MacArthur and Hicksville. It was poetic justice that no one did.
Both starting pitchers were fantastic in a 0-0 tie called after 10 innings because of darkness.
Host MacArthur's Joe Chiaramonte retired the first 14 batters he faced, including a stretch in which he had seven consecutive strikeouts, before issuing a two-out walk in the fifth.
Chiaramonte took a no-hitter into extra innings and lost it on a single by Anthony Salomone with one out in the eighth. Hicksville's Kevin Cashman had to work out of more jams and did so, allowing only two hits in seven innings.
Chiaramonte pitched eight innings and allowed one hit, walked two and struck out 11. He threw 98 pitches. Cashman threw 99 in nine innings and allowed five hits -- three infield singles -- walked three, including one intentionally, hit two batters and struck out 11.
"This was a game where you can honestly say no one should go home a loser," Hicksville coach Frank Ciaramitaro said. "Kevin made big pitches in big spots. MacArthur is the team to beat. We have a young squad with just two seniors. This is the barometer."
Said Cashman: "I kept the curveball down and worked the outside part of the plate. I didn't feel the pressure to match [Chiaramonte]. I just kept doing what I was doing."
Chiaramonte allowed the single in the eighth and a walk before getting a grounder and pop-up to end his day.
"It's tough not to win," Chiaramonte said, "but that's baseball. The curveball was breaking well and my fastball velocity was good."
Hicksville (6-3-2, 4-1-2) had one runner at third base all game and MacArthur (8-1-1, 5-1-1) left 10 on base. The Generals loaded the bases with one out in the 10th before Charlie Stange got two strikeouts to end the inning.
MacArthur loaded the bases with one out in the seventh. After a strikeout, pinch runner Dylan Pearce was thrown out trying to steal home. "That's the kind of thing we resorted to doing because we couldn't do anything with the bats," Steve Costello said.
MacArthur sophomore Adam Heidenfelder took over in the ninth and struck out the side. He also got three strikeouts in the 10th.