HOBART — Brandon Murray has had no-hit stuff on several occasions in the past.

It all came together for the Hobart pitcher on Monday.

Murray threw a five-inning no-hitter as the Brickies beat Griffith 10-0.

“Early in the game, I was little bit up with my fastball, and my off-speed, I was trying to find it. Once I got past the third inning, I felt everything was working for me. I started to feel good about it,” Murray said.

“But I didn’t want to think about a no-hitter, I just wanted to get a win. That was the most important thing.”

Murray walked three batters and hit one. But he also struck out five on the way to his second no-hitter with Hobart. His first came last year against Kankakee Valley.

“He was aggressive,” Hobart coach Bob Glover Jr. said, “he was attacking hitters.”

Alex Batistatos supplied a chunk of the offense. He had two hits and drove in four runs.

“I knew there were runners in scoring position and I just tried to go with the pitch. I didn’t hit it right where I needed to. It was a perfect way to get some run support for Brandon Murray,” Batistatos said.

Hobart scored five runs in the fourth inning to take a 7-0 lead. Batistatos had a two-run single in the fifth to make it 9-0. Luke Budzielek ended the game with an RBI single.

Hobart showcased the bats. And the defense to go along with Murray’s pitching.

Kody Hoese made the best contact of the day for the Panthers, flying out to deep center in the first inning. Drey Devereaux made a nice play to catch the ball. Catcher Nick Bokun chased down a popup in the fourth.

“They beat us, no question about it. They hit the ball all over the field,” Griffith coach Brian Jennings said. “But we have to have a better mental approach to the game.”

Murray struck out two of the last three batters he faced. Hobart then scored the three runs in the bottom of the inning to put the game away.

“I knew today was a must-win, so I wanted to come out there and get ahead with the fastball, establish that early and mix in the off-speed and keep them off-balanced,” Murray said.

“…It was a solid win today.”