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IGNORANCE IS BLISS, FOR SURE BOGGIO ENDS BIG DAY WITH NO-CLUE NO-HITTER.

Byline: Rich Hammond Staff Writer

Kyle Boggio struck out Adam Schneider to close out the East's 7-0 victory in Saturday's 27th Daily News Bernie Milligan All-Star Game. Fans cheered, teammates stormed the field, and seconds later, Boggio discovered the reason for all the fuss.

``Good job keeping the zero up there,'' Jason Glushon, a pitcher from Harvard-Westlake High of Studio City, told Boggio as the East players exchanged high-fives.

``I'm like, `Oh yeah, we shut them out, cool,' and he looks at me like I'm crazy,'' said Boggio, a left-hander from Hart of Newhall. ``(Glushon) goes, `Don't you know it was a no-hitter?' I don't know why I didn't know about it. I just didn't.

``It's probably good that I didn't know. I would have been a lot more nervous.''

So that's how Boggio became an unwitting party to history Saturday afternoon at Birmingham High in Lake Balboa. Glushon started the game, Boggio finished it, and seven other pitchers combined for the first no-hitter in the all-star game's history.

Boggio also hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning and was named the game's MVP, even if he didn't exactly know what his perfect ninth inning meant to the East.

``It's probably the first time in the history of baseball, anywhere, that nine pitchers have combined for a no-hitter,'' West co-coach Rick Nathanson of Calabasas said. ``I'd like to be part of history on the other side, but it's still meaningful to be part of a game like this and watch those kids on the other team excel.

``After Boggio's home run, the only question was if we were going to get a hit.''

Boggio got Birmingham's Luis Parra to pop up for the first out, then Chatsworth's Jordan Sisson smoked a line drive that was caught by leaping second baseman Pedro Montero of San Fernando. Agoura's Schneider worked the count full but struck out.

That capped an amazing day for Boggio, who wasn't on the original roster but was added when Clay Britton of Canyon withdrew from the game.

``It was a full day, but it was a fun day, an honor,'' Boggio said. ``I came in thinking that if I got to play, that would be great. It didn't matter if it was just one at-bat or pitching one inning, as long as I got to be on the same field with all these great players, I would be happy.''

Boggio made the most of his eighth-inning at-bat against Blake Gailen of El Camino Real of Woodland Hills, blasting a curveball over the right-field fence and turning a four-run game into a blowout. Boggio had just four home runs during his senior season.

``The first two (strikes) he got were on curveballs, and then he tried the fastball but he couldn't get it over, so I thought he would come back to the curve,'' Boggio said. ``I just tried to sit back as long as I could and wait for it.''

All the while, Boggio managed to avoid the dugout chatter about the no-hitter and the cheers of his teammates when a bobbled groundball at second was ruled an error. Boggio enjoyed the no-hitter, even if he found out about it a little later than everyone else.

``It's amazing to get a no-hitter in any type of game,'' Boggio said, ``but to do it in an all-star game, with nine pitchers, that's amazing.''

Rich Hammond, (818) 713-3611

rich.hammond(at)dailynews.com

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Date:Jun 15, 2003
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