Justin Koutros kept Wolcott Scrappers going with timely no-hitter

The Wolcott Scrappers are in the middle of a fight for one of the final Connecticut Tri-State Baseball League playoff spots as the season winds down (when Mother Nature allows it to happen).
Wolcott can thank veteran right-hander Justin Koutros for keeping the season alive. Facing Blasius Chevrolet on Tuesday night at the BAW Complex, Koutros once again worked his magic.
Thanks in part to an awesome diving catch in right field by Matt Cyr, Koutros tossed a no-hitter in a 2-0 victory over Blasius. Koutros mixed his pitches well and kept Blasius off-balance, according to comments from his teammates on Thursday at the BAW. Wolcott was hosting the Tri-Town Trojans in yet another big game.
Wolcott lost to Tri-Town 4-3 in a game where self-inflicted wounds spelled its ultimate doom. 
Click here to see photos from the Wolcott game against Tri-Town.
The Scrappers need a lot to go right over the next however-many days to make the postseason, but for one special night, Koutros did what he could to keep their playoff dreams  alive.
It wasn’t the first time Koutros hasn’t given up a hit in a game. Koutros also tossed a no-hitter for Wolcott in 2011 against the Lakeville Firemen.
In the game against Blasius, Koutros worked a 1-2-3 first inning, including the last two outs via strikeout. Blasius got its first baserunner on a walk and that runner reached second on a steal, but Koutros retired the final two batters to end the inning.
The third inning went 1-2-3 for Koutros, including his fourth K. The fourth inning began with a walk, but Koutros struck out the next two batters. Cyr’s diving catch ended the inning.
Blasius went 1-2-3 in the fifth, including the seventh strikeout for Koutros.
There was a walk to start the sixth, and then with one out, a hit batter made it first and second. Koutros escaped that jam without a hit or a run.
The right-hander began the seventh with a strikeout, his ninth and final punch-out. Two grounders to Mike Vaccarelli at shortstop completed the no-hitter.
On offense, Vaccarelli had a RBI double while Ryan Soucy added a RBI single.