Our Past | 1978: No-hitter before league title for Shockers

Selected by Karen Larsen

Brent Biggar was a senior at Waterville High School when he pitched the no-hitter described in this article, published in the May 11, 1978 edition of the Waterville Empire Press. He said that the Shockers were 11-0 in league play that year and did receive the league title, as speculated in the article. Wayne Worthen was the coach. Biggar said that in 1978 there were four seniors on the team: Dwaine Schettler, Jeff Rinker, Steve Smith and himself. Biggar said that he and Smith played together since their first Little League years, and Biggar was always the pitcher and Smith always the catcher. “Steve was my catcher my entire Little League and high school career,” Biggar said. “We’re still good friends.” Biggar said that he thinks he got two or three no-hitters during his high school career, and that he still remembers this particular game. He is now a chiropractor in Wenatchee.

Shockers Win 8th Straight Game

Waterville’s Shockers, sparked by Brent Biggar’s no hit pitching in the first game, thumped Thorp, by scores of 13-0 and 14-1 to continue their drive toward the Central Washington South baseball crown Friday.

Twice-beaten Peshastin-Dryden, the only team with a chance at catching the unbeaten Shockers, topped Entiat, 10-4, in the first game, then battled to a 1-1 nine inning standoff with the Tigers in the nightcap, which was halted by darkness.

In the Caribou Trail League, Leavenworth trimmed Chelan, 9-2, Oroville tripped Tonasket, 5-2, and Quincy stopped Lake Roosevelt, 5-1.

In a non-league test, Brewster’s Bears surprised Omak 2-1.

Waterville’s Brent Biggar struck out 13 in registering a no-hitter. Biggar also added a double and a home run.

Dan Keller slammed a home run to drive in two runs for Waterville in the first game.

Steve Smith helped with a triple and Dwaine Schettler a double to further highlight Waterville’s hitting spree.

Keller followed Biggar’s magnificent performance with a one-hitter in the second game, Keller struck out seven en route to the victory.

Rod Throgmorton, Smith and Mike Johnson all contributed home runs to the Shockers cause in the second game, Throgmorton’s coming in the lead off position in the first inning.

Jeff Rinker and Schettler ripped triples. Schettler also smacked a double.