FAIRFIELD — When it comes to walking a tightrope, David Hostler of the Armijo High baseball team has a good thing going.
The senior right-hander fired an eight-inning no-hitter in a 1-0 Monticello Empire League victory over Rodriguez, Thursday, his second 1-0 win over a crosstown rival in a week after tossing a two-hitter at Fairfield on March 28.
Hostler, who’s hurled 15 consecutive scoreless innings, threw just 98 pitches against the Mustangs, striking out six and walking two.
An error and two walks kept him from throwing a perfect game.
Rodriguez’s Raymond Villegas nearly matched Hostler pitch for pitch through seven innings, ending up with seven strikeouts and two walks while scattering eight hits.
The Indians (4-6, 1-4 MEL) were kept scoreless until the bottom of the eighth. Chris Brunner led off the inning with a single and Antonio Ramirez then singled him to third. Jason Brasile then drove in the winning run on a grounder to second.
Also getting hits for Armijo were Brasile, Clayton Espino and Jarod Borunda.
Hostler was helped defensively by first baseman Hayden Del Dotto, who snared several errant throws in the dirt.
The Indians and Mustangs close the regular season with games on May 6 and May 8.
On Wednesday, Armijo dropped a 13-3 decision to Vintage, scoring three runs in the top of the second to tie the score. The Crushers went on to score in five of the next six innings, including five in the third and three in the fifth.
Rodriguez (2-9, 1-3 MEL) hosts Wood on Friday, while Armijo is at Napa on Tuesday.