QUINCY -- Dylan Foley couldn't have had a much better start to open the baseball season.
The Quincy Notre Dame left-handed pitcher threw a no-hitter in a 1-0 five-inning victory over Illini West Friday afternoon at Ferd Niemann Jr. Memorial Ballfield.
Foley finished with seven strikeouts and issued one walk.
Foley retird the first 12 batters he faced.
"He just went out and did his job and pitched to contact," QND baseball coach Ryan Oden said. "He got ahead of guys early, and we played pretty good defense behind him."
Foley's performance was needed as QND (1-0) struggled to get the bats going.
The Raiders struck for their only run in the bottom of the first inning on David Hutson's two-out RBI single into left field that scored Peyton Stegeman. QND finished with just three hits, but stranded five runners on base.
"We got a timely hit when we needed it, but we couldn't get things going after that," Oden said. "I think it was the first game out and seeing live pitching for the first time. I think the problem was we took too many strikes instead of being aggressive. We were really selective at times."
Illini West's trio of Carter Boyer, Michael Lord and Lincoln Gooding combined to allow just three hits and seven strikeouts.
The Chargers had just one baserunner in Boyer after he drew a walk to start the top of the fifth inning, but was stranded after Foley worked a strikeout, a groundout and a lineout to end the game.
Quincy Notre Dame 1, Illini West 0
Illini West 000 00--0 0 0
QND 100 0x--1 3 0
Boyer, Lord (2), Gooding (4) and Gooding, Pollock (4); Foley and Schwartz. WP--Foley. LP--Boyer.