By Les Dixon/Sports Editor
LOG MOUNTAIN — Whitley County pitcher Stevie Watson kept Bell County’s bats at bay for five innings while Alex Rose shut the door on the Bobcats during the final two, as the Colonels cruised to a 4-0 win on Tuesday.
The duo combined to toss a no-hitter with Watson striking out eight batters while Rose finished the game with three Ks.
“It was a great pitching performance from both of those kids,” Whitley County coach Jeff Adams said. “We didn’t waste any pitches tonight. Both kids were good out there.”
Neither team could get things going offensively until the fourth inning when the Colonels pushed across a run to take a 1-0 edge.
Whitley County, who has now won a season-best six games, added three insurance runs in the sixth inning to wrap-up the win while improving to 16-6 on the season.
“We did just enough to get the win,” Adams said. “We came out and didn’t hit the ball well at all, but we put the ball in play enough to get a few runs. Today is Tuesday, but it felt like a Monday out there.
“We are taking things one day at a time,” he added. “A lot of teams tend to struggle some at this point of the season, but we’re chugging along. We’re trying to keep things going with the district tournament coming up.”
Casey and Corey Crisologo each connected with two hits apiece in the victory while Casey also drove in a run along with Cody Lewis. Watson finished the game with two RBIs while Jordan Crusenberry led the way with two runs scored.