Kyle Whitham tossed a no-hitter and Austin South clubbed a home run to lead the Switzerland County Pacer baseball team to a 10-0 victory over New Washington last Wednesday night.
Whitham went the distance, striking out 11 Mustang batters. The only New Washington baserunner came in the second inning when the Pacer senior hit a batter — that was the only thing that kept Whitham from a perfect game.
South’s home run was part of a big day, as the senior was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI. Kenyon Bledsoe also had a huge night at the plate, going 4-for-4 with three runs scored.
Cade Rider was 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI; Nathan Thomas was 1-for-3 with an RBI; Whitham scored a run and had an RBI; and Kaleb Harrell and Patrick Stow each scored a run. Stow also picked up a stolen base.
Last Thursday night the Pacer hosted Madison in a game that had been rained out earlier in the week, and the Cubs came away with a 13-4 win.
“The team that plays catch the best usually wins,” Pacer coach Chad Combs said. “We did not do that tonight. Eight of the nine batters who walked scored.”
Austin South was 2-for-3 at the plate with a run scored and two RBI; while Kenyon Bledsoe was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Patrick Stow was 1-for-4 with a run scored; Kaleb Harrell was 1-for-4 and knocked in a run; and Zach Weaver was 1-for-2 with a run scored.
Cade Rider finished 1-for-4 at the plate, as Switzerland County pounded out seven hits.
South started and went three innings, giving up four earned runs, four hits, and four walks while striking out eight in suffering the loss.
Bledsoe then went 1 1/3-inning, allowing five runs, but only one was earned. He also struck out three while giving up five hits. Dustin Wallace also pitched 1 1/3-innings, earning a strikeout while allow two earned runs; and both Kaleb Harrell and Nathan Thomas pitched 2/3-innings.
Harrell game up two earned runs and allowed just one hit; while Thomas earned a strikeout and allowed just one hit.