Jim Morris, a 51-year-old veteran of the Maine Senior Baseball League, took a no-hitter into the eighth inning Sunday and hurled the Winthrop Red Sox to a 7-1 season-opening victory over the Boothbay Dodgers.

Hank Ogilby broke up the gem with a base hit to left field. Morris, who was a bone marrow donor to a non-relative only three weeks ago, wasn’t even sure at the start of the season if he’d be able to play ball, let alone pitch. He answered those questions by striking out three and walking four in his seven-plus innings of work. Brett Witherell closed the door out of the bullpen.

The Red Sox exercised a balanced hitting attack, with everyone in the lineup notching at least one safety.

Josh Nichols set the pace with a double, a single and an RBI, while Matt Richardson roped two singles and an RBI. Mike House and Dave Ricker Jr. each doubled and Bob Cochran tripled for the winners.

Eddie Crocker and Rusty Klobas joined Ogilby with late-game singles for Boothbay. Crocker picked up the pitching defeat.

The Dodgers travel to Auburn to face the White Sox at Pettingill Park, next Sunday, while the Red Sox host the Rumford Cardinals at Winthrop. Both games begin at 9 a.m.


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