YORK -- Zac Fuesser got things rolling for the York Comprehensive High baseball team when the dominant left-hander no-hit Nation Ford in the first of three region wins for the Cougars last week.
The surging YCHS squad defeated Rock Hill 5-2 and Lancaster 9-4 to move into sole possession of first place in Region 3-AAAA.
Fuesser struck out nine and walked two in his no-hit performance as the Cougars prevailed, 9-0.
A diving grab by second-baseman Aaron Wutrick with two outs in the bottom of the seventh preserved the no-hitter.
"Zac pitched a great game," head coach Scott Kiggans said. "We're excited for him."
Kiggans said catcher Josh Vallejos did a good job behind the plate.
"Zac was looking for his pitching rhythm and he found it, take my word for it," said Vallejos, whose catching hand was swollen from a steady diet of his teammate's menacing fastball.
Fuesser was all smiles after the game.
"It felt great on the mound," the southpaw said. "I had a quick rhythm tonight.
"When the defense plays well and makes no errors, the pitcher is supposed to win."
Tyler Saboley and Shane Waldrop led a 13-hit attack with three hits each. Vallejos had two hits, including a home run. Stephen Trotter and Wutrick also had two hits.
Wutrick was the winning pitcher in the Rock Hill game.
Senior Bradley Victor was the leading hitter with four hits in as many at-bats.
"I felt comfortable hitting the ball," Victor said. "I could see the ball well and made contact. Some games just go your way."
Saboley picked up the win and David Hyatt got the save in Friday's conquest of Lancaster.
Fuesser, Waldrop and Trotter each had two hits for the Cougars.
Kiggans lauded the Cougars for a three-win week in the region.
"We're playing well in all three phases of the game," noted the head coach. "The kids are working hard; they come ready to play."
Said Kiggans, "We're glad to be in first place at the spring break, which represents the first half of the season. It's a good spot to be in."
The Cougars won the championship in 2002 when the region was 3-A classification.
"This is the first time we've led the region at the halfway point in 4A," Kiggans said.
The Cougars are competing in the Wheels Spring Break Tournament at Northwestern this week.
York will play Upper St. Claire (Pa.) Thursday at 2 p.m. and Westside at 5 p.m. Friday's game will be against host Northwestern 7:45 p.m.