The Patriots and Blue Devils entered the final game of the Monroe County Division 1 schedule with identical 10-3 records, but the hosts got a no-hitter from senior hurler Matt Portland to key the 7-0 victory on Friday afternoon in Victor.
The Monroe County Division 1 title came down to the final league game between Penfield and Victor on Firday afternoon.
The two teams were tied for first with 10-3 records. The Patriots won the first meeting at Bachman Field, 2-0, under the lights, but Friday's game was in Victor on senior day. And the Blue Devils have just one senior, Matt Portland.
The big left-hander tossed a gem as he no-hitter the Patriots in leading Victor to a 7-0 win.
"Portland did a phenomenal job," said Penfield coach Rob Consaul. "I think he had one start prior, but they've been using him coming out of the bullpen.
"It was senior day and he's got quite a resume. He topped off his senior year with a great pitching performance. All the credit goes to him, he did a great job."
Portalnd will be going to Northwestern where he will play baseball for the Wildcats.
Portland had a perfect game going through five innings, but hit Aaron Hawn on a two-strike pitch. Hawn was the lone Patriot to reach base.
Victor pushed across three runs in the first, two each in the second and third innings.
Matt Hodge came on in relief in the third for Penfield, and the junior right-hander shut down the Blue Devils the rest of the way. Hodge scattered three hits, struck out one, and picked a runner off first. He as the third hurler used in the game by Consaul.
"Matt pitched on the JV last year," Consaul said. "We've been trying to ease him into getting quality innings. He's been doing a nice job with the times he's gotten in.
"This is what we're going to be looking for in sectionals (next week). If we need an inning or two from someone, we need to be confident in someone, and he's done a nice job out of the bullpen lately."
If Penfield beats Auburn (Section 3) on Saturday, the Patriots will be the No. 1 seed in Class AAA.
"I told the guys, it would have been nice to win the county championship, but there's a bigger prize coming up in sectionals," said Consaul.
"We lost last in the semis to Fairport after two years in a row of winning. This group is determined to get back and, hopefully, win another sectional championship."