Bill Hillhouse was almost perfect. Peter Meredith was himself.
And Larry H. Miller Toyota's fastpitch softball team (65-8), rated No. 5 in the world, was the benefactor Saturday at Las Positas' Friendship Park.Both Hillhouse and Meredith pitched no-hitters Saturday, in the Santa Barbara Tournament.
Hillhouse hurled 62/3 of perfection before walking a batter, no-hitting Santa Barbara, 6-0, Saturday.
And Meredith, not to be outdone, pitched a no-hit shutout, 2-0, victory over the Long Beach Bombers. It was Meredith's third no-hit game this year, and his 239th of his career.
It was Hillhouse's first this year, improving his record to 15-4, while Meredith upped his mark to 25-4, with a 1.08 ERA.
Both pitchers had 14 strikeouts, while Hillhouse only walked one, and Meredith issued one free ticket and hit a batter.
"We're one week away from the ISC (International Softball Congress World Tournament), and this is pretty much for all the marbles now. So, everyone has to feel more comfortable and have more confidence with each other," explained Meredith, whose win also upped his career victory record to 1,010.
"And we are comfortable and confident. That's great at this time of the year.
"But today, I tried to change a few things with Kenny (Garinger), and he also changed a few different things. He's working the drop more than he did in our last game. So, we've just got to continue what we have going for the ISC, and keep it rolling.
"I came out here for the work. I'm going to come out tomorrow and try to throw another good game," added Meredith. "The big thing is that all of our pitchers get the work, and I feel like we're ready to go.
"We're young, and hungry, too. We're actually so hungry that we're chomping at the bit to get there (Sioux City, Iowa, Aug. 11-20) and get established. We have guys who want the ball, and want to pitch. We feel we have more support this year than last season.
"I would hate to see anyone get injured. But if anyone does go down, we have the guys who can replay them. We're more versatile than we were last year. We can go deeper in our lineup, too, than last year.
"If I go down, we have both Dyck and Billy throwing well. They can really pick it up for me and the team. We're just a stronger team than last year. That's important."
With the two wins, Miller Toyota improved its record to 65-8, with a doubleheader Sunday.
Against Santa Barbara (24-17), shortstop Tommy Montgromery tripled in the first inning, scoring table-setter Kyle Magnusson, who had walked.
Miller Toyota scored two in the fourth, on Garinger's two-run RBI triple, two more in the seventh, with Gary Daniels' and Tommy Gray's RBI doubles.
Against Long Beach (41-13), which changed its name from Vista, Brandon Burt, and Garinger had RBI singles in the first inning, scoring Magnusson, and Montgromery. Both had walked.